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Ethnic Joke: French

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There was this couple engaged to be married. He was a Frenchman, while she was American. Her father gives her advice about her fiance: "Daughter, don't marry a frenchman!" But father, I love this man very much, I'm sure he will be fine. Her father repeats his warning: "Don't marry a Frenchman, because in six months, he'll ask you to "Change ends!" Don't worry father, everything will be ok. So, they got married.

What do you know, but six months later, while they are in bed, the Frenchman says "Honey, would you mind changing ends, just for tonight?" The girl gets a little angry and says "I should have listened to my father, he was right about you Frenchmen!" The frenchman replied, "But honey, Don't you want to have any children?"

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Submission card was located in a pile marked To Be Classified.

Where learned: RENO HALL ; DORM ROOM

Keyword(s): ETHNIC JOKE ; FRENCH ; HOMOSEXUALITY ; Innuendo ; MARRIAGE ; REFERENCE TO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE ; SEXUAL EUPHEMISM ; Stereotype

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C566

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PROVERB

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BIG CATS ARE DANGEROUS, BUT A LITTLE PUSSY NEVER HURT ANYONE.

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PUSSY IS A SLANG EXPRESSION FOR THE ACT OF LOVE-MAKING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; SEMANTICS ; SEX

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; OBSERVATION ; PUN ; REFERENCE TO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
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Date learned: 00-00-1971

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