Today’s Bizarro:


The two relevant senses, from NOAD2:

1 causing laughter or amusement; humorous: a funny story | the play is hilariously funny.

2 difficult to explain or understand; strange: I had a funny feeling you’d be around | a funny thing, democracy.

The patient in the cartoon above believes that funny applies in both senses to New Yorker cartoons. And so it sometimes does.

One Response to “funny”

  1. Robert Coren Says:

    I think the point is actually that the doctor thinks New Yorker cartoons are “funny” in sense 1, but the patient thinks they’re funny only in sense 2.

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