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Posted By: Jim Dixon
22-Dec-05 - 09:28 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket
Subject: RE: Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket
Here's a bit of dialogue I recall. It could start whenever anyone had just complained about some misfortune, to which someone else would reply, "That's tough."
Then a third person would reply:
--What's tough?
And the dialogue between the latter two would continue:
--Life.
--What's Life?
--A magazine.
--How much does it cost?
--Ten cents.
--I've only got a nickel.
--That's tough.
--What's tough?

Da capo ad infinitum, or ad nauseam, as the case may be.

This dialogue was spoken, not sung. It had no punch line. The dialogue itself was the only joke. I suppose it was done to annoy or embarrass the person who had originally complained—a way of making fun of his complaint. Now that I reflect on it, it seems to be making the point that complaints are endless, if you indulge them. But I don't think I reflected that much when I was a kid.