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->'''Girl #1:''' Ben's hot, but I think he's gay. \\
'''Girl #2:''' No way. Why? \\
'''Girl #1:''' He asked me if my carpet matches my drapes. \\
'''Girl #2:''' I don't think he's gay. \\
'''Girl #1:''' Oh yeah? \\
'''Girl #2:''' Call him up and tell him he can chew on your carpet! \\
'''Girl #1:''' What?
-->-- ''[[http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/005814.html Overheard Quote]]''

Alice makes a comment, expecting people to know the [[DoubleEntendre real meaning of it.]] Bob takes the comment [[LiteralMinded literally]], and is often unaware that there's more than one meaning to what's being said. HilarityEnsues... [[PlayedForDrama or maybe not.]]

This trope is the [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of the UnEntendre.

See also: ComicallyMissingThePoint. Can be used for [[DoubleEntendre Double Entendres]], and is often the cause of an InnocentInaccurate misunderstanding a HurricaneOfEuphemisms.



* A commercial shows a man introducing his son to his boss. After a moment the kid looks at the father and says "Daddy, his nose isn't brown."

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble''. This trope is the reason Eri thinks that Tenma is no longer a virgin.
* In the first ''Manga/{{Naruto}} Shipuuden'' movie, the plot involves rescuing a hereditary BarrierMaiden (and in the end getting her to accept her role and the need for the position) the movie ends with said girl talking to the protagonist and mentioning that, basically "I'm going to need help making someone to succeed my position, [[ChosenConceptionPartner mind helping me out with that]]?" Cue Naruto going "Sure!" and everyone else [[FacePalm facepalming]]...
* Belldandy in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' frequently misses the actual meaning of people's comments, in one scene in the anime a construction worker speaking to Keiichi remarks that Keiichi probably doesn't get much sleep living with Belldandy, to which Belldandy asks both of them how living with her would keep Keiichi from sleeping.
* In the idol anime ''Marginal #4'', Atom is having trouble getting into the emotion behind the lyrics of the song they're going to record (with talk of "danger" and "skin touching skin"). Rui says that maybe Atom needs... ''experience''. Atom thinks Rui means experience with poison mushrooms.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/AlmostHeroes'', after some NaughtyBirdwatching. (He gets it a minute later, and is affronted.)
-->'''Bartholomew:''' You want to be alone so you can "[[ADateWithRosiePalms shake hands with Ben Franklin]]." *laughs* Y'know, "polish the pewter."\\
'''Leslie:''' Polish the pewter? Why, Jonah does that for me.
* A hilarious RunningGag in ''Film/BASEketball'' is how Jenny [=McCarthy=]'s character keeps misinterpreting Baxter Cain's sexual overtures -- she ends up literally "laying new carpet" throughout his entire house and "sucks the chrome off of a trailer hitch" among others. Which is odd, considering that you could easily interpret that as her ''thinking'' he's doing such innuendo, but [[UnEntendre he's meaning it literally]]. After all, laying carpet wearing a tight dress like that probably wasn't intentional.
* In the movie ''Film/HalfBaked'', Thurgood is telling his friends not to spend any money, as they have to save it. Then:
-->'''Scarface:''' You said you gave Mary Jane a pearl necklace!\\
'''Thurgood Jenkins:''' Obviously [[ComicallyMissingThePoint you missed the whole point of that story]].
* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. Joe never catches on that Rita is a prostitute, despite the euphemisms she has. She eventually says a SureLetsGoWithThat for painting. Even more hilariously, at the end of the movie [[spoiler:Rita is shown ''actually painting''!]]
* In ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'', someone makes a remark that another character likes to have sex with women "in a very uncomfortable place." [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike Several characters]] misinterpret this and ask if he means the back of a Volkswagen.
* In ''Film/TheManWithoutAFace'', Chuck Norstadt is asked by his mother if his mentor "touched him." Being a young kid, he takes her literally, and it's clear to the audience that he doesn't understand what his mother is really asking him. [[TearJerker Hilarity does not ensue.]]
* A deliberate example in ''Film/AmericasSweethearts'', although this takes place in an ImagineSpot. As Eddie thinks about meeting Gwen for the first time since their break-up (and his mental breakdown), he imagines her asking him in a sultry voice if there's a gun in his pocket or if he's just happy to see her. After a beat, he tells her that it's a gun, pulls it out, and shoots her.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', the older, more cynical guards assume that young and innocent Carrot joined the Watch to get away from a bad situation at home. One of them asks him if he "got a girl into trouble", and Carrot, recalling all the times his girlfriend was lectured by her father about how unsuitable he was, says that he did, more than once. He also admitts to staying at "Mrs Palm's" (a notorious brothel) every night, impressing his co-workers, though Carrot is actually under the impression it is a boarding house. His letter home to his family includes a line about one of the girls waking him up to ask if he wanted anything "but they had no apples so I said no."
** In ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' Nobby tells a dwarf watchman the rumor that dwarves are well-endowed and the dwarf says "yes, that's true. I myself have saved seventy dollars." Dwarves in general fail at understanding innuendo, metaphor and irony.
** Also in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', Angua (a very attractive, intelligent [[spoiler:werewolf]] woman) is making overtures to Carrot. Since he's taking things literally, it results in gems like this:
-->'''Angua:''' The only career options for women was the Watch or a seamstress.[[note]](a.k.a. callgirl in Ankh-Morpork)[[/note]]\\
'''Carrot:''' And you're not very good at sewing.\\
(''Angua glares at Carrot but sees nothing except transparent honesty'')\\
'''Angua:''' (''sighing'') Yeah.
* In ''Literature/TheShining'', Danny, who has telepathic powers, catches a female hotel guest checking out a bellhop and thinking, "I'd like to get into his pants." Danny, who is five years old and clueless about things sexual, takes it to mean that the lady wanted the guy's pants and is thoroughly confused. He has to talk to Dick Halloran about it before he's informed that this wasn't what she wanted (though Danny being five, he just tells him that she has a dirty mind).
* In the ''MAD Magazine'' parody for the movie ''Summer of '42'', a teenage boy goes into a drug store to buy some condoms. He nervously explains to the pharmacist that he wants to have a good time, but would like to be protected. The pharmacist's reply?
-> You'd like to order a malted, in a ''clean glass''?

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** This is the entire joke of that sketch. You know, ''that'' one. Know what I mean? Know What I mean? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT3_UCm1A5Ieh Nudge nudge wink wink]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nudge_Nudge say no more, eh, eh?]]
** Inverted in another sketch, which has the same man walk into a shop and start reading the advertisements on the door. After he finds out that neither "small white pussy cat," "chest of drawers," "pram," "babysitter," nor "be a blood donor" are what he's looking for, the shopkeeper hands him a card, which he reads: "Blond prostitute will indulge in any sexual activity for four quid a week. What does that mean?"
* Half the jokes on ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''. For example, Sally remarks after her first date that, "Well, he wanted to sleep with me. I wanted sex, but since he was tired I let him go home."
* Nucky's young lawyer in the second season of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', when he is offered apple pie.
-->Chip: "Cherry is more my liking. A la ''mode'', if you catch my meaning."\\
Nucky: "I actually don't."
* In the ''Series/That70sShow'' episode "The Velvet Rope":
-->'''Jackie:''' Michael, we can't go. My parents are gonna be out late tonight, and we have to study.\\
'''Kelso:''' Study? No, what a gyp! I'm going to the club.\\
'''Jackie:''' No! No, no, Michael, you're coming over to my house tonight. And we're gonna "study".\\
'''Kelso:''' Fine! God, I never get to do anything fun.\\
'''Hyde:''' God, you're dumb.\\
'''Kelso:''' I guess that's why I gotta go study.
* This is Teal'c's main gag in the first few seasons of ''Series/StargateSG1''. Not always sexual.
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit was built on this premise, as Randy Quaid is trying to explain to Pee-Wee Herman, in euphemisms, that he's thinking about going to a prostitute:
-->'''Randy:''' Well... they wear lots of makeup.\\
'''Pee-Wee:''' A clown!\\
'''Randy:''' ...no, let's just say you wouldn't want to be seen with one.\\
'''Pee-Wee:''' (''nods understandingly'') A ''mime!''
* In the ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode "The Bunkers and the Swingers", Edith answers an ad in a magazine, which was written by swingers, but she doesn't get the innuendo and thinks they're just looking for friends. When they show up, HilarityEnsues.
* In an early episode of ''Series/TheWarAtHome'', [[OverprotectiveDad Dave]] is concerned that Hillary might have lost her virginity, and tries to find out if Larry knows anything about it. Apparently, he doesn't.
-->'''Dave:''' Listen, I need to ask you a question. What do you, um... know about your, um... sister's relations?\\
'''Larry:''' You mean like cousins and stuff?\\
'''Dave:''' No, no, no... Do you... do you know if your sister is, you know... ''active?''\\
'''Larry:''' Well, she does do pilates and plays tennis sometimes.\\
'''Dave:''' Why do I even bother with you?
* Pretty much all of the earlier episodes of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' had jokes about Jake not getting the adults sexual innuendos and [[LiteralMinded taking things literally]].
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', in a pregnancy scare episode, had a scene something like this:
-->'''Shawn:''' Cory, how would you feel if these two waffles got together and made a little waffle?\\
'''Cory:''' I think I know what you're getting at, Shawn. (''beat'') You'd like seconds. I'll be right back.
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' features a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT2wE0fLdWg sketch]] with a new doctor starting work in a [[AwfulBritishSexComedy Bawdy 1970's Hospital]]. He is soon fired after it becomes apparent he's incapable of making double entendres.
-->'''Doctor A:''' (''preparing needle'') Now, you might feel a small prick (!)\\
'''Patient:''' Wouldn't be the first (!)\\
'''Doctor A:''' Brace yourself, I'm giving you one in the posterior (!)\\
'''Patient:''' I should be so lucky(!) Is your first time? I hope you know where you're sticking that thing (!)\\
'''Doctor A:''' Don't worry, it isn't hard (!)\\
'''Patient:''' Speak for yourself (!)\\
'''Doctor B:''' (''beat'') Shall I get my cock out?
* Happens in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'':
-->'''Will:''' Well yeah, I had big feet. You know what they say about a guy with big feet...\\
'''Ashley:''' No, what?\\
(''Uncle Phil clears his throat'')\\
'''Will:''' ...th-they be sayin' "damn he got some big feet."
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
-->'''Amy:''' Kiss me where I've never been kissed before.\\
'''Sheldon:''' You mean like Salt Lake City?
* In one episode of ''Series/HelloCheeky'', John gives the joke "The world's long-distance swimming record is held by Liza Garotti, a very successful callgirl from Venice". Tim stands around blinking for a while, before saying that he fails to see the humor in that -- a switchboard operator being a good swimmer.
-->'''Barry:''' ...John didn't say "a switchboard operator", he said "a callgirl".\\
'''Tim:''' It's the same thing, isn't it? ...Isn't it?\\
'''John:''' Tim, a callgirl is someone you... call! When you're lonely!\\
'''Tim:''' Oh... when I'm lonely, I call mummy. Does that mean she's a callgirl?
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': A spell has reverted the cast to their teen mentality.
-->'''Wesley:''' It's Wesley, thank you. Wyndham-Pryce. (''grabs his lapels, puffs up with pride'') I am from the Watcher's Academy in southern Hampshire. In fact, I happen to be head boy.\\
'''Cordelia:''' Gee, I wonder how you earned that nickname.\\
'''Wesley:''' A lot of effort, I don't mind saying.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** A non-sexual variety turns up in the second episode of . George Sr. says several times that there's "always money in the banana stand" when Michael mentions the company's financial trouble, which Michael takes at face value since the banana stand is the only part of their business that actually turns a profit. George Sr. only clarifies what he meant after Michael and George-Michael burn the banana stand down in an act of defiance: [[spoiler:He kept a quarter-million dollars in emergency cash hidden in the walls of the stand.]]
** Meanwhile, the trope is constantly inverted by Tobias, who makes numerous extremely suggestive remarks that he doesn't intend as such, but everyone else immediately picks up on the double meaning.
--->'''Tobias:''' (''talking about accidentally using a spa package meant for his wife'') I'm afraid I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a dry run if you will, so I'm afraid I have something of a mess on my hands.\\
'''Michael:''' [[LampshadeHanging There's so many poorly chosen words in that sentence.]]
* Frequently a point of humor on ''Series/RaisingHope'' as most of the family is slightly dimwitted and frequently misinterpret idioms literally.
-->'''Virginia:''' Oh, come on, Burt! A new rug? I always hear people bragging about how their carpets match their drapes.
-->'''Burt:''' You're right. I want to be one of those people.

* Music/{{Madness}}' "House of Fun" is about a boy visiting a pharmacist on his sixteenth birthday and asking for a box of "balloons" only to be told he's in the wrong place.
-->''I'm sorry, sir, but we don't stock party gimmicks in this shop. \\
Try the House of Fun (it's quicker if you run) \\
This is a chemist, not a joke shop.\\\
'''"Party hats."''' Simple enough? Clear? \\
Comprehende, savvy, understand, do you hear?''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': "Does the Pope shit in the woods?" "I keep telling you I don't know, homes, where His Holiness does his business is his business."
-->'''The Truth:''' I never made love to my mother. She wouldn't.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'': During the first few battles with only Yuri and Estelle as your party members you get things like:
-->'''Yuri:''' Yeah, I beat you into next week!\\
'''Estelle:''' Next week? But, can you really--\\
'''Yuri:''' Never mind.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the golem Shale will ask [[DepravedBisexual Zevran]] why the Warden spared his life after trying to kill him/her. Zevran will ask Shale in turn how anyone could destroy something as [[HandsomeLech attractive]] as him. When Shale fails to see the point, the following exchange takes place if Alistair is in the party:
--->'''Zevran:''' Here, take that [[MrFanservice templar fellow]]. Rugged good looks, quick wit, manly shoulders. Just getting him to hop borders is a challenge worthy of the great heroes.\\
'''Alistair:''' A challenge? I'd happily hop borders, given the chance. I've never even been close to leaving Ferelden!
** The player character can pretend to do this when Leliana invites you into her tent during her romance.
** Becomes a RunningGag in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' with Merrill, who periodically will ask if she missed something dirty during conversations with other party members.
-->'''Merril:''' [[LampshadeHanging I miss a lot of dirty things]], [[CovertPervert and sometimes I wouldn't mind hearing them]].
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' has [[spoiler:Leonardo da Vinci]] attempt to come out of the closet by declaring that, "Women provide little distraction" (from constructing equipment for the Assassins) and not-very-subtly placing a hand on Ezio Auditore's shoulder. However, after a moment Ezio answers, "Wait, I don't get it..." and looks at him with apparent confusion, leading to an awkward silence for the both of them.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', best buds James and Steve are [[TakeThatScrappy voicing fan complaints]] about vehicles in the previous games. Steve says that if James likes the "drunk rhino" approach of the Mako, he should stick with the old Grizzly tank. When James protests that he loves that tank, Steve (who's gay) jokes that the big and burly James ''would'' be the one to like [[TheBear grizzly bears]]. James doesn't get it.
* In ''VideoGame/SamAndMax: The Mole, the Mob, and the Meatball'', Sam is instructed to give the code phrase "Does the carpet match the drapes?" to the mole in hope of getting the [[SpySpeak correct countersign]]. The countersign? "Why I never!" and a slap to the face. Think that will be a common response? Nope. You can say it to every NPC in the game, all of which will take the phrase literally.
* In ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' and ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', Idura departs from Bound Kingdom leaving thinly-veiled threats to the land and the warrior who defeated his monsters. Said warrior, Dekar, is an absolute idiot who [[LiteralMinded completely misinterprets Idura's threats]], further infuriating Idura.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' has a conversation between Junpei and June in which she's scared of the possibility of drowning and he thinks she's scared of being alone in an elevator with a boy. And then she says "I might get wet down there." HilarityEnsues.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Creator/HarryPartridge's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXsvVQe34k8&feature=channel Hal the Misinterpretive Porn Star]] is all about this, and subverts it nicely in the third sketch to boot.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* From ''Webcomic/CoachRandom'', [[http://coachrandom.zzl.org/Chronological/comic-327.xml Dorkboy licks a shaved beaver.]]
* [[http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws-823/ This]] ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'' strip.
** Subverted in that the non-entendre was in fact correct.
** There's also a running gag of the difference between a "dancer" and a dancer.
** [[http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws135/ This comic has a two for one special]]
* ''Webcomic/OHumanStar'': no, Sulla, that's not what Al meant by [[http://ohumanstar.com/comic/chapter-3-page-7/ "poke around"]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Miko the Paladin is way too straight-laced to get any innuendo.
-->'''Haley:''' Newsflash, Roy: every quest we've done have been all about YOU. "I want to beat Xykon, I want the starmetal, I want to bump uglies with the paladin."\\
'''Miko:''' The proper term is "{{smite evil}}", not "bump uglies".
* ''Webcomic/TimesLikeThis'': Matt, in the Old West, tells a saloon belle she could "pull a train". [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/?id=232 Guess what she does.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' gives us the page picture, [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-06-14 followed by]] a storm of InnocentInnuendo.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' Sahira thinks [[http://www.spinnyverse.com/index.php?id=109 twice is enough:]]
-->'''Sahira:''' Do you ever think Mecha Maid wants to be more than just friends with you?\\
'''Heather:''' We ''are'' more than just friends! We're a superhero team!\\
'''Sahira:''' No, I mean do you think she likes girls?\\
'''Heather:''' Sure, why wouldn't she?\\
'''Sahira:''' [[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud Facepalm!]] I think Mecha Maid is a ''lesbian'' who wants to have ''sexual intercourse'' with you.\\
'''Heather:''' ''What!? No way!''
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': When Elliot reveals his new date Ashley seems like the fact that he's capable of [[GenderBender Gender Bending]], Tedd tries to be subtle. Given this is Elliot, it fails.
-->'''Tedd''': Oh... Does she, um... swing both ways?\\
'''Elliot''': Swing, what swing?\\
'''Tedd''': No, no! Does she like apples... and oranges?\\
'''Elliot''': I don't know her fruit preferences.\\
'''Tedd''': Bisexual. Is she bisexual?\\
'''Elliot''': Oh! I dunno, maybe?

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'' contains a couple of examples.
** From "Lying Bastards":
--->'''Jonas:''' Listen, Mamasitas lock up your daughters, OK, 'cause the Beast here is south of the border, and, uh, not for nothing dude, you put the "ho" in "Mexico".\\
'''Bree:''' There's no "ho" in "Mexico".\\
[''Awkward silence. Bree shrugs.'']\\
'''Bree:''' There's no "ho" in "Mexico"!
** From "Let's Play Doctor":
--->'''Jonas:''' So tell me, uh, what are you doing later?\\
'''Sarah:''' It involves D batteries and makes a lot of noise.\\
'''Jonas:''' Uh... A boombox?
* One episode of Machinima/RedVsBlue has Caboose pulling an Entendre Failure on ''himself'', with Tucker's help. When Tucker mentions him and his alien son Junior (long story) being somewhere "in between" human and alien, Caboose replies with "In between two alien... and human... '''ladies?''' and later repeatedly wonders aloud "what Tucker's doing in between the two ladies."
* [[http://notalwayslearning.com/biology-101-one-on-one/32138 This story]] on [[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Learning]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Episode "Dial 'N' for Nerder":
--->'''Martin:''' Care to make it a trio, Bart? You can brush and I can blow.\\
'''Bart:''' Well, I agree you blow.\\
'''Martin:''' Then it's a plan!\\
'''Bart:''' A lot of people blow, but no one blows like you.\\
'''Martin:''' High praise indeed!\\
'''Bart:''' When you look up "blow" in the dictionary--\\
'''Lisa:''' Bart, [[TheyJustDontGetIt he's not gonna get it.]]\\
'''Bart:''' Fine.
** Later on in the episode, when Bart buries a bone for Martin to find...
--->'''Martin:''' *gasp* Maybe it's one of the major homos!\\
'''Bart:''' You're one of the--\\
'''Lisa:''' Bart, he's not gonna get it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter gets hit on by a woman at a Renaissance Fair who asks if he wants to "take a gander under [her] frock". Confused, Peter gets a goose and shoves it under her skirt.
** In another episode, when the cast recreates the plot of ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'':
---> '''Chris (as Lennie):''' Sorry about what I did to your husband earlier.\\
'''Meg (as Curley's wife):''' Yes, that was quite a [[{{Fingore}} hand job]] you did on him. Y'know, I'm not so bad at those myself...\\
'''Chris:''' I'm not gonna lie to you, you're wasting your double-entendres on me.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/005814.html This Overheard quote]] is the current page quote.
* Tony Attwood tells the story of a child with UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome who was asked by a psychiatrist, "Do you hear voices?" The child very naturally said yes. Much consternation and wrong diagnoses ensued. Since people with Aspergers syndrome have [[LiteralMinded a tendency to interpret things literally]], in that case, the child understood "Do you hear voices?" as "Do you hear ''peoples''' voices?"
* From {{Overheard}}: [[http://www.overheardeverywhere.com/archives/003313.html "Our bras are 15% off today..."]]
* At [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbFjePdOpK8 one Blizzcon panel]], FeliciaDay got asked if "her carpet matched her drapes." She had no idea what the question meant, and the panelist next to her had to explain it to her.
->...[[TheStinger you]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight lost]] [[MemeticMutation me]].