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21st Oct '17 4:54:14 AM Andyroid
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* The Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/TheTruth'' has a few jokes about not only ambiguous headlines, but trying to compensate for them, such as "Patrician Attacks Clerk With Knife (he had the knife, not the clerk)".
** In the same book, Mr. Tulip uses a phrase (via his VerbalTic swearing) that is misinterpreted due to this:

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* The Literature/{{Discworld}} book :
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''Discworld/TheTruth'' has a few jokes about not only ambiguous headlines, but trying to compensate for them, such as "Patrician Attacks Clerk With Knife (he had the knife, not the clerk)".
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clerk)". In the same book, Mr. Tulip uses a phrase (via his VerbalTic swearing) that is misinterpreted due to this:



--->'''First Villain:''' Well, 覧 me. A 覧ing wizard. I hate 覧ing wizards.\\

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--->'''First Villain:''' Well, 覧 me. A 覧ing wizard. I hate 覧ing wizards.\\wizards!\\



** In another book, Carrot describes a crowd of refugees as "mostly human." Vimes has to stop him and ask if that means that the crowd was mostly made up of humans, or that each person in the crowd was partly human. Given the demographic makeup of Ankh-Morpork, that's an entirely reasonable question.

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** In another book, ''Discworld/NightWatch'', Carrot describes a crowd of refugees as "mostly human." Vimes has to stop him and ask if that means that the crowd was mostly made up of humans, or that each person in the crowd was partly human. Given the demographic makeup of Ankh-Morpork, that's an entirely reasonable question.



** A character attempts to become immortal by casting the "summon Death" spell backwards believing it would repel death. Instead, it summons him from his home to [[OhCrap Death's home.]] Technically it still works, since Death is willing to negotiate when he gets there.

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** A character attempts Death's manservant Albert is actually a wizard named Alberto Malich, who attempted to become immortal by casting the "summon Death" spell backwards backwards, believing it would repel death.Death. Instead, it summons him from his home to [[OhCrap Death's home.]] Technically it still works, worked, since Death is was willing to negotiate when he gets got there.


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** There's a RunningGag in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' about the zombified Windle Poons having "eyes like gimlets", which is interpreted in at least once instance as "eyes like Gimlet's", "that dwarf who runs the delicatessen on Cable Street".
19th Oct '17 12:34:01 PM ironballs16
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'''Wadsworth:''' Sorry, [[NoMeansYes I said "no" meaning "yes."]]\\

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'''Wadsworth:''' Sorry, [[NoMeansYes [[ByNoIMeanYes I said "no" meaning "yes."]]\\
19th Oct '17 12:31:42 PM ironballs16
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'''Wadsworth:''' Sorry, [[NoMeaningYes I said "no" meaning "yes."]]\\

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'''Wadsworth:''' Sorry, [[NoMeaningYes [[NoMeansYes I said "no" meaning "yes."]]\\
19th Oct '17 12:30:36 PM ironballs16
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'''Wadsworth:''' Sorry, I said "no" meaning "yes."\\

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'''Wadsworth:''' Sorry, [[NoMeaningYes I said "no" meaning "yes."\\"]]\\
8th Oct '17 8:26:33 AM TwilightLord
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** Later, Ford explains a random sofa appearing in a field as "eddies in the time-space continuum". Arthur replies "And this is his sofa, is it?" (This also happens in the radio version, except Arthur's line there is "Well, tell him to come and collect his sofa, then!")
8th Oct '17 8:24:25 AM TwilightLord
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** In another episode, Percy mentions that Lady Caroline Fairfax is his girlfriend, to Blackadder's surprise.
--->'''Percy''': Oh yes. I even touched her once.
--->'''Blackadder''': Touched her what?
--->'''Percy''': Her... once. In a corridor.
--->'''Blackadder''': [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow I've never heard it called that before.]] Still, when you get home, you'll be a hero! She might even let you get your hands on her twice!
8th Oct '17 8:07:18 AM TwilightLord
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* ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has this exchange.
-->'''Ford''': You're looking for the Ultimate Question.
-->'''Zaphod''': Yep.
-->'''Ford''': You.
-->'''Zaphod''': Me.
-->'''Ford''': Why?
-->'''Zaphod''': No, I tried that. "Why? 42." Doesn't work.
-->'''Ford''': No, I mean, why are you looking for it?
2nd Oct '17 3:22:58 AM ApeAccount
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-->'''Bugs'': You keep out of this! He doesn't have to shoot you now!

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-->'''Bugs'': -->'''Bugs''': You keep out of this! He doesn't have to shoot you now!
2nd Oct '17 3:05:56 AM ApeAccount
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** The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors "The Two Doctors"]] used the oldey-buy-a-goodey IAmAHumanitarian version with an alien going into a restaurant and asking, "Do you serve humans here?"
27th Sep '17 10:42:51 PM jormis29
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* ''Human Killing Machine'', a ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' knockoff for early gaming computers such as the Amiga and Commodore 64. As Creator/StuartAshen put it: "Is it about a human who is a killing machine? Or a machine that kills humans?"

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* ''Human Killing Machine'', ''VideoGame/HumanKillingMachine'', a ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' knockoff for early gaming computers such as the Amiga and Commodore 64. As Creator/StuartAshen put it: "Is it about a human who is a killing machine? Or a machine that kills humans?"
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