Righto. I had approximately two comments asking for Part 2 of this series (eh? What series?), which is enough for me to crack the knuckles and hit the keyboard (or in my case, flex the thumbs and hit the keypad).
Today, a very important lesson.
DEs (as we shall affectionately call them) are the life and soul of PJs. A wise Chinese comedian once remarked, Doublo Entrendro Mastero woh hai PJ mastero, and by saying this he effectively won over PJ makers from both countries, confused Sino-Indian border residents and the six surviving victims who saw Chandni Chowk to China.
DEs usually involve finding a double meaning. Unlike in the previous lesson, where we learnt how to break down a word, DEs involve changing the meaning of the whole word itself. What this sadly means for the word in advisement is that if it doesn't have a double meaning, alas, it cannot be DE-ed. That is to say, the DE-ed cannot be done.
Let me demonstrate with an example:
Q: What do you call an orientation program for electrical engineers?
A: Induction programme
Get it? Thanks to the slightly more cerebral nature of DE jokes, fewer people are likely to get them. But the quality is higher than the deconstructed-word jokes, often deemed by critics as 'desperate'. One more example:
Q: Marketing a quad-urinal must be very easy. Why?
A: It always has 4 Ps.
SubType: The Audience Engagement type aka the Interactive Double Entendre aka IDE
DE jokes are at their most potent when someone else begins the conversation, rather than you delivering the Q and A by yourself (some call this technique audience interaction). For instance:
Person 1: Alright. Goodnight
Here, Person 1 has no right to throw a brick or some such object at you because he invited the joke upon himself. Some more examples of such interactivity:
Person 1: So much theft happening in manufacturing companies these days.
You: Must be the work of the Steal companies.
As you would have no doubt appreciated, audience interaction jokes are very contextual. Spinning this into a standalone, single-delivery PJ would be slightly desperate looking and wouldn't have the impact :
Q: Why is there a lot of theft happening at manufacturing companies these days?
A: Because of the Steal companies.
Phew, enough for today. Practice your DEs, be good, and please buy some life insurance or atleast keep a good brain surgeon handy.
PS: Yes, I know some of those jokes are recycled. Kindly forgive.
PSS: The Goodnight-Mortein joke is the second most annoying IDE in the world, only behind Tata-Birla