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“flank” on T-shirts

I saw branded T-shirts that have "flank" on it. I know flank means that side part of the body above hips. Is there any other cool meaning? Is it sarcastic or something? I wonder if it really meant ...
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“Let's see them aliens” grammar [duplicate]

I know this was a joke on Facebook, the thing about storming Area 51. But, what catched my eyes is the "them". Is this playing on word? Or, is this grammaticality sound? Or is this a joke because I, ...
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Can you please explain this joke: “I'm going bananas is what I tell my bananas before I leave the house”?

Can you please explain this joke: "I'm going bananas is what I tell my bananas before I leave the house"? And another one: "I hate it when my friends ask me to do them a solid especially when I've ...
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What does “If you were a chicken, you would be impeccable”

I found this in pickup lines but I am not sure what exactly means , I was looking in the net but could not find exact definition or synonym? Can you help me with the meaning usage of this?
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Dialogue consisting of questions and answers?

Is there a specific word for a dialogue between two characters in a play or novel, where that dialogue only consists of questions and answers?
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Does the name of episode 12 in season 2 of the Daria series, “Pierce Me”, have a sexual meaning?

The name of episode 12 in season 2 of the Daria series is "Pierce Me". The episode is about body piercing, however, in Russian language (my native one) the literate translation of this episode's name (...
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What does “do sea on classes” mean?

I see this sentence on https://twitter.com/jfbastien/status/1003697787911966720 A: I've made my submissions for @cpponsea, have you? B: Sorry, I only do Sea on Classes 🙃 C: you can do ...
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Meaning of 'visceral betrayal'

Brazos: We are not looking for that here. No brown-nosing. No suck up. No toolery. Brazos: Why is Shontel using what appears to be a red cup from the red floor when we are on the yellow ...
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What does “go on my tires” mean?

From the movie To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar In a drag queen contest, a muscular man passes the winner envelope to a past drag queen, who says to the audience of the muscular man: ...
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Grammatical mismatch in wordplay-based joke

In the following joke: How do you hire a horse? Stand it on four bricks. The humor seems to come from the homophones hire and higher. Is that so? Because this is grammatically incorrect (to ...
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Why do the police say “Freeze”?

Where does this originate? Why not say Halt or just Stop or something like Stay put? I can understand the meaning of the word Freeze perfectly well. Is it a classic word-play or just a set term for ...
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What does 'Don't blame it on the pig!' mean?

In the Disney movie 'Moana', Tala who is a grandmother of Moana said "Whatever just happened... blame it on the pig." I've googled and found some headlines like 'Flu? Don't blame the pig', so guessed ...
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Don't understand the Garfield's sketch of Feb 9 2017 [closed]

I read Garfield's comic strip every day but I didn't understand the sketch of February 9, 2017. What does the date of November 8, 1992 refer to ?
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Why is 7 the most feared number?

I was in a computer programming training. A code executed an output number 7 and the trainer asked ( assuming joking) "Why is 7 the most feared number?" and someone said "Because 7,8,9 ... aho ho ho.."...
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Correctness of expression “More X than the peanut butter aisle”

Disclaimer. It is not a question on the meaning of the expression. Repeat. Not about what the message it conveys. I've seen somewhere the expression below. More X than the peanut butter aisle. I ...
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What does this joke mean?

Q: What do you call it when Batman skips church? A: Christian Bale Does the word 'Bale' have a special meaning in this joke?
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What is a turn-down service?

I'm sensing that it's not a real service but rather some specific play on words. As shown in the image.
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The meaning of the word Facebook

In the word Facebook what do face and book particulary mean? I think that face means biography, a self-portrait, a history of a person. And book means a catalogue like in A book of spells.
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Help understanding these cake puns from a CNN Student News video

The paragraph below is cited from November 10th, starting at 9:39. Here is the transcript. Some might say it looks a little un-oven, or that its expression's a little frosty. But it's a cake artist'...
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What is the cup of coffee meaning in “cutie pie”

I've stumbled upon this image of a narrow angle, coffee cup and the mathematical symbol of pi. I get its reference to acute and pie, meaning a cutie pie. But what on Earth is the coffee cup ...
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Phrasal verb, slang or a word for gather around or to look at something or someone with joy [closed]

I'm looking for a slang, phrasal verb or a word that explains people looking at something or someone. E.g. when people gather around a new-born baby and look at it with joy. Or when someone is looking ...
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Why “some one who 'incorrects my English'” “incorrects my English” is a word play?

According to the comment of Kent Anderson to this question: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/q/44581/26185 Q: How to deal with a customer who “incorrects” my English? the title to this ...
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“To mingle from single”

Which one is correct out of the below two? If possible, I request that you give a justification also. 1) He is going to mingle from single. Or 2) He is going to mingle to single.
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Is there a specific name for manipulating English language this way

Few days ago a football player named Harry Kane showed great performance, next day the newspaper posted "Hurricane beats Arsenal" Everyday I pass by a money/cash/loans shop that shows an advert "YOU ...
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the meaning of pun

A girl posted a photo of her with her friends in facebook captioned as "We are so sweet." So I thought of commenting in the photo as: If you are really so sweet, I want to taste both of you. Also with ...
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Meaning in context: Old men like me don't bother with making points. There's no point

The following dialog is taken from the movie The.Matrix.Reloaded.2003: Councillor: ...What is control? Neo: If we wanted, we could shut these machines down. Councillor: Of course. That's ...
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What's the meaning of “Grandma doesn't do Anaheim” and why is it funny?

I was watching Two and a Half Men and ran across this joke I don't understand. There is a laugh track that makes me think it is supposed to be funny. What is the meaning and why should I think it is ...
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That which doesn't kill you

This is a "Hot Network Question" from another site that I thought would make a great question here. The Joker: "I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you stranger." (Clip from The Dark ...