Marx en betekenisambivalentie

“Outside of a dog a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
Dit is één van de vele spitsvondige taalspelletjes van Groucho Marx. Het grappige effect wordt veroorzaakt door de onjuiste tegenstelling outside-inside. Marx hanteerde in zijn humor vaker dit soort betekenisverschuivingen: I'm not crazy about reality, but it's still the only place to get a decent meal.

Enkele andere juweeltjes:
A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.
Before I speak, I have something important to say.
Do infants have as much fun in infancy as adults do in adultery?
I'm not a vegetarian, but I eat animals who are.
Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.
There is only one way to find out if a man is honest...ask him. If he says 'yes', you know he is crooked.
Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others.
We should pull out. Which is what Nixon’s father should have done. (Over Vietnam)
Whoever named it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.
Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.
I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it.
Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.
Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.
When a person's nose itches, it is a sign that it should be scratched.

© 2008 R.G.M. Ritzen