This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.
Rasalas: I'm trying to figure out the key points to this trope. Here's some thoughts (assuming Bob is using the code word on Alice):
- The code word might need to be generic, and therefore is probably about Bob himself, suggesting that he's sensitive, wealthy, etc.
- Alice needs to fall for it, or Bob at least needs to legitimately expect Alice to fall for it. The reaction is what makes it funny.