. Meaning can be attached to anything. The users of the language don’t have to know the extra meaning – if they’re not the intended recipients.

. Meaning can be attached to anything. The users of the language don’t have to know the extra meaning – if they’re not the intended recipients.

Humor’s a fantastic encoder of metaphor. You could repeat a joke with lots of extra meaning encoded that you can’t see because you’re focused on the punch line and don’t know about the implications.

 

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