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22nd Mar '17 5:25:18 PM Vir
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' SpriteComic ''Warp Star'', during a crossover arc with ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', Bowser has claimed the Star Rod (the ''Kirby'' version, which for the sake of the plot is the same as the Star Rod from ''VideoGame/PaperMario'') and wishes that it would make him a sandwich, but it interprets "make" as "turn into". After turning back to normal, he wishes that it would make Mario and Luigi two sandwiches, and this time it interprets "make" as "create" (Bowser's original intention), prompting Bowser to say "[[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe Oh, come on!]]"

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' SpriteComic ''Warp Star'', during a crossover arc with ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', Bowser has claimed the Star Rod (the ''Kirby'' version, which for the sake of the plot is the same as the Star Rod from ''VideoGame/PaperMario'') ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'') and wishes that it would make him a sandwich, but it interprets "make" as "turn into". After turning back to normal, he wishes that it would make Mario and Luigi two sandwiches, and this time it interprets "make" as "create" (Bowser's original intention), prompting Bowser to say "[[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe Oh, come on!]]"
22nd Mar '17 5:24:15 PM Vir
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' SpriteComic ''Warp Star'', during a crossover arc with ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', Bowser has claimed the Star Rod (the ''Kirby'' version, which for the sake of the plot is the same as the Star Rod from ''VideoGame/PaperMario'') and wishes that it would make him a sandwich, but it interprets "make" as "turn into". He then wishes that it would make Mario and Luigi two sandwiches, and this time it interprets "make" as "create", prompting Bowser to say "[[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe Oh, come on!]]"

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' SpriteComic ''Warp Star'', during a crossover arc with ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', Bowser has claimed the Star Rod (the ''Kirby'' version, which for the sake of the plot is the same as the Star Rod from ''VideoGame/PaperMario'') and wishes that it would make him a sandwich, but it interprets "make" as "turn into". He then After turning back to normal, he wishes that it would make Mario and Luigi two sandwiches, and this time it interprets "make" as "create", "create" (Bowser's original intention), prompting Bowser to say "[[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe Oh, come on!]]"
21st Mar '17 3:40:27 PM WilliamRadarStorm
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* One that [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on the trope]] goes like this:
-->Linguists enjoy ambiguity more than most people.
17th Mar '17 2:29:25 AM Silverblade2
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** No-one's entirely sure whether SelfDemonstrating/GLaDOS is a Genetic Lifeform who is also a Disk Operating System, or whether she is a System for Operating Genetic Lifeforms and Disks. (Judging by the [[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} sequel]], [[spoiler:[[BrainUploading it's the former]]]]).

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** No-one's entirely sure whether SelfDemonstrating/GLaDOS [=GLaDOS=] is a Genetic Lifeform who is also a Disk Operating System, or whether she is a System for Operating Genetic Lifeforms and Disks. (Judging by the [[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} sequel]], [[spoiler:[[BrainUploading it's the former]]]]).
7th Mar '17 11:39:09 AM Eddy1215
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-->'''Popeye:''' Don't! Stop! Don't! Stop! Don't stop! Don't stop! (''rapid fire'')Don't stop! Don't stop! Don't stop! Don't stop!

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-->'''Popeye:''' Don't! Stop! Don't! Stop! Don't stop! Don't stop! (''rapid fire'')Don't fire'') Don't stop! Don't stop! Don't stop! Don't stop!
7th Mar '17 9:16:05 AM WildKatGirl
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** There's also "Giant Tea Bags Protest". Is it a giant protest about tea bags, a protest about giant tea bags, are the giant tea bags protesting or are there bags protesting about giant tea?
16th Feb '17 2:54:35 PM GothicProphet
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* The source of many a Creator/LaurelAndHardy joke. In ''County Hospital'', for example, Ollie tells Stan to [[ItMakesSenseInContext cut off a trouser leg]]. Stan thinks he means ''Ollie's'' leg.


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* Newspaper headlines can fall victim to this. A case in point is "Two Cars Collide; One Sent to Hospital". It means one ''person'', but it sounds like it means one ''car''.
4th Feb '17 11:39:45 AM snichols1973
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** Bugs and Daffy have a DuckSeasonRabbitSeason argument in ''WesternAnimation/RabbitSeasoning'':
-->'''Daffy''': Say, what's the matter with you, anyway! Don't you even know a rabbit when you see one? Hmm?
-->'''Bugs''': It's true, doc, I'm a rabbit, all right. Would you like to shoot me now or wait till I get home?
-->'''Daffy''': Shoot him now! Shoot him!
-->'''Bugs'': You keep out of this! He doesn't have to shoot you now!
-->'''Daffy''': He does so have to shoot me now! I demand that you shoot me now! Nyah! [Elmer shoots Daffy]
-->'''Daffy''': Let's run through that again.
-->'''Bugs''': Okay. Would you like to shoot me now, or wait till you get home?
-->'''Daffy''' [in a calm voice]: Shoot him now, shoot him now.
-->'''Bugs''' [in a calm voice]: You keep out of this, he doesn't have to shoot you now.
-->'''Daffy''': Ha! That's it! Hold it right there! [[GrammarNazi Pronoun trouble. It's not "he doesn't have to shoot ''you'' now", it's "he doesn't have to shoot ''me'' now".]] Well, I say he does have to shoot me now! So shoot me now! [Elmer shoots Daffy once again].
-->'''Bugs''': Ye-es?
-->'''Daffy''': Oh, no you don't. Not again, sorry. This time we'll try it from the other end. Look, you're a hunter, right?
-->'''Elmer''': Wight.
-->'''Daffy''': And this is rabbit season, right?
-->'''Elmer''': Wight.
-->'''Bugs''': And if he was a rabbit, what would you do?
-->'''Daffy''': Yeah, you're so smart? If I was a rabbit, what would you do?
-->'''Elmer''': Well, I'd - [Elmer aims his gun at Daffy]
-->'''Daffy''' [worriedly]: [[OhCrap Not again.]] [Elmer blasts Daffy once more]
4th Feb '17 11:26:48 AM snichols1973
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27th Jan '17 1:03:12 PM Ccook1956
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* A 1950s ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon taking place in a gym had Olive (who ate his spinach and cleaned the floor with Bluto) holding Popeye up in the air and repeatedly kissing him:
-->'''Popeye:''' Don't! Stop! Don't! Stop! Don't stop! Don't stop! (''rapid fire'')Don't stop! Don't stop! Don't stop! Don't stop!
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