Meta intertextual

For something to be both meta and intertextual… Not only is there a ‘nod’ to something else i.e. intertextual, there is also something deeper going on i.e. meta. It may be the case you need other information beyond what is apparent to ‘get’ the intertextual and/or the...

Kappa and Box Logos

I was about 13 years old, in an art class at Rougemont, when the teacher (Mrs Hale, from memory) asked us to draw logos. The Kappa logo was one that the class of about 5 people requested we draw: As you can see, the perspective is ‘from the side’. She asked us “why”...

Conventional joke structure: this and that

In a way, we could describe a conventional joke as one that follows the structure of ‘This’ and ‘That’. It starts with ‘This’ (first story) and instead of concluding that story (still ‘This’) it takes a step in a different direction to ‘That’. The bigger, or better,...

Codifying jokes

The codification of jokes could be done in many ways. One may code them according to theme (e.g. a joke about frogs/tables/men etc), pattern (e.g. A man walks into a bar), or – as we will do here – by their structure. This does, of course, serve our...

A frog walks into a bar

Take a look at the image below, starting at the bottom with [A man] This is one of the most familiar patterns – A man walks into a bar. But for our purposes, I want you to look at filling in the upper right gap with a word or phrase that logically fits. The...