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Can you tell me what this means, "I got bronchitis, ain't nobody got time for that"? I don't understand what this is supposed to say, why does she say no one has time for bronchitis? And can you tell me why people are laughing about it, what's funny about it? I understand most internet memes and find them funny, but this one is beyond me.
In the UK, and I imagine other English speaking nations, we often use the phrase "do not have the time for" something to mean that we don't care for or want something. It can also mean that we do not like something. In the context above, it could also imply that the speaker is too busy wanting to enjoy life to suffer an illness.
"the speaker is too busy wanting to enjoy life to suffer an illness.", sorry I don't understand what you mean. Could you repeat this in other words?
I still don't understand what she means. For me, the only logical meaning would be her complaining about no one has time for her bronchitis, in the sense of, no one cares about her bronchitis. But I'm not sure whether that makes any sense.
The speaker is not complaining about other people not having time for her. She is saying that she does not want to be ill. Think about her words "Then I got bronchitis. Ain't nobody got time for that." What she means is that nobody wants to be ill, including her. She is using a double negative, which can make things a little tricky to understand. In this sense "ain't nobody" really means "nobody" or "isn't anybody".
A version of what she says could be written as "Then I got bronchitis. There isn't anybody who has time to get bronchitis." This statement would include the speaker as well.
Does that make it any clearer?
Like all things, humour is a personal thing. For me, the lady looks lovely. She has a very friendly face and seems to be a really energetic and bubbly personality. The way that she says the words may be seen as humorous to some people. It made me smile because she takes a negative situation "having bronchitis" and rather than being sad about it stays very positive saying something like "I don't have time for that!"
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