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Patok filted: It's one of those chiasmus things...your mind is ... the frills... (Unstated complement: ...the violist *** up the trills.)

And for those of you playing the home version; Q: What's the difference between a group of Pygmies and a female track team? A: The Pygmies are cunning runts.

Q: What's the difference between a circus and a chorus line? A: The circus is a cunning array of stunts.
I learned it as "You can't hear a vita min". (With slightly different setup, of course.)
And for those of you playing the home version; Q: ... a female track team? A: The Pygmies are cunning runts.

Q: What's the difference between a circus and a chorus line? A: The circus is a cunning array of stunts.

There's the one Laura quoted back in 1998:
A recent newspaper report quoted a judge beginning his summing up: 'This case - and I must be careful not to fall into Spooner's trap here - concerns a group of warring bankers..'
There's a list of "What's the difference?" chisasmuseses at

http://www.allowe.com/Humor/book/What's%20the%20Difference.htm

including a few I hadn't seen before, e.g.,
What's the difference between a cross-eyed hunter and a constipated owl?
One shoots and can't hit...
What's the difference between a baby and the conductor of a women's choir?
One sucks his fingers...

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Patok filted, part:

joetaxpayer wrote : .. I can turn "you can't hear ... I can't think of anything suitable for the "hormone" part.

It's one of those chiasmus things...your mind is supposed to supply the unspoken second part, so: Q: What's the difference ... complement: ...the violist *** up the trills.) So: if you can't hear an enzyme, can you hear a *** moan?...r

As Patok said, your post is what enabled him to get the enzyme/hormone thing, but I wonder if it was mainly your final line that did it. That is, I don't see a direct relationship between the spoonerism-type jokes and the enzyme/hormone joke. One requires switching letters around (mentally) and the other requires just saying the words aloud.

Having said that, I must say again that your post is what did the trick, so my comment may be of questionable worth.

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If the difference between the two is that you can't hear an enzyme then it follows that you can hear a hormone. Say it out loud.

Perhaps you can, but it's faked. The customer always comes first.

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And for those of you playing the home version; Q: What's the difference between a group of Pygmies and a female track team? A: The Pygmies are cunning runts.

And, just in case there's anyone left who hasn't heard this one:

A young man and an older man got talking in a bar. The young man said "You know, you can get into terrible trouble with a simple slip of the tongue. I was at the circus with my girlfriend. A girl was doing acrobatics on the trapeze, and I turned to my girlfriend to say 'That's a cunning stunt.' But I mixed up the words, and now she won't talk to me."

The older man said "I know just what you mean. This morning I was having breakfast with my wife. I meant to say 'Could you pass the sugar, please?', but I confused the words and said 'You've wrecked my life, you ***.'"

When someone once told me this in a bar, all the married men laughed and all the single men looked puzzled.

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Patok filted, part: It's one of those chiasmus things...your mind ... can't hear an enzyme, can you hear a *** moan?...r

As Patok said, your post is what enabled him to get the enzyme/hormone thing, but I wonder if it was ... I must say again that your post is what did the trick, so my comment may be of questionable worth.

You are right, it was his last line that helped. This pun is not one of the spooner types, where mere swapping of sounds helps, so all his effort would be wasted if not for the last line. Actually, Barbara Bailey's post would have been the most helpful, /if/ I were a native speaker, and pronounced "*** moan" similar to "hormone".
As Patok said, your post is what enabled him to ... the trick, so my comment may be of questionable worth.

You are right, it was his last line that helped. This pun is not one of the spooner types, where ... post would have been the most helpful, /if/ I were a native speaker, and pronounced "*** moan" similar to "hormone".

Out of curiosity, what is it about your pronuncaition of "*** moan" or "hormone" that makes the pun not work?

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You are right, it was his last line that helped. ... a native speaker, and pronounced "*** moan" similar to "hormone".

Out of curiosity, what is it about your pronuncaition of "*** moan" or "hormone" that makes the pun not work?

Just a guess: a likely pronunciation by someone who has read, but not heard, the word would by "wore", using the sound of "wh" in "where", "when", and similar words.
I, a native speaker of English, have a distant recollection of doing this myself.

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Out of curiosity, what is it about your pronuncaition of "*** moan" or "hormone" that makes the pun not work?

As a teenager in Brooklyn, I had only heard the word *** pronounced as two syllables, "who-er" and the slight variant "who-a" the 'a' being a short not long sound. Don't know if that pronunciation is used anywhere else, but it may have evolved into the 'ho' that got Don into so much trouble.
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