Created By: charleyfinley on November 27, 2012

Wink Wink Nudge Nudge

Humorous collective deception or disregard for regulations.

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The best example I can provide is in Sharpe's Trafalgar, where Sharpe has a body he needs to hide. The man was killed belowdeck, and as he takes the body up to the main deck to make it blend with the other corpses, he's seen by a friend. He asks his friend for help taking the body up to the main deck, and his friend replies, "you mean, up to the main deck where he died?"
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  • November 27, 2012
    That's one horrible title. The laconic doesn't help either, and you need to write up a definition instead of simply citing one example. One example does not a trope make, only by pattern of several.
  • November 28, 2012
    If I'm understanding this correctly, this is similar to when, for example, Person A says to Person B "Don't tell you saw me here" and Person B says with a knowing nod, "Saw who?".

    There might be a trope here, but maybe it's something that already exists.

  • November 28, 2012
    alternate name: The Lie Begins Now ? This does seem dialogue-based though. Are tropes based on dialogue that fulfils a specific function still allowed, or are Stock Phrase tropes the only ones that are allowed?
  • November 28, 2012
    Wink Wink Nudge Nudge really ought to be a redirect to Lampshaded Double Entendre. In fact, lemme just go do that.

    If this is what Shnakepup proposes it should be, then Ill Pretend I Didnt Hear That and Let Us Never Speak Of This Again are closely related, perhaps even subtropes.
  • November 28, 2012
    I still don't like the name LDE. Too The Same But More. But with TRS capped out for the foreseeable future, redirects are about the only thing we can really do about it.