Is Grammar Humor an oxymoron? The famous panda joke, whose punchline became the title of a best-selling book by Lynn Truss on – of all things, punctuation – is my lead-off Grammar Geek post.
But first, a warm-up-act.
“Let’s eat Grandma,” said the starving children.
“Let’s eat, Grandma,” said the starving children.
Commas save lives.
And now for the panda joke. As far as I can tell from an Internet search, the source is that world-renown wit, Anon.
A panda walks into a deli and orders a sandwich. When the waiter brings the sandwich, the panda eats it, takes out a gun, shoots the waiter, and leaves.
The manager runs after him shouting, “Hey, Panda! You just shot my waiter. He’s bleeding. He could die! You can’t do that.”
“Hey, I’m a panda. That’s what Pandas do. Look it up.
The manager gets a dictionary, looks up panda, and reads: “Panda: Black and white bear, native of China; eats shoots and leaves.
Absence of commas saves lives too.