Mary Poppins - you know the joke " i know a man with a wooden leg "?

what does it mean ? i've tried over and over to understand the meaning as to why it is so funny .. . but i still don't get it .

here's the joke :

there are two men and one man goes " i know a man with a wooden leg named smith " and the other says " what's the name of the other leg? "

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I know a man named Smith who has a wooden leg.

    But he named it Jones.

    I also have a friend who has a dog with no legs. He named the dog cigarette. Every night he takes it out for a drag.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's a joke based on a misplaced modifier. The phrase "named Smith" should describe the man, not the leg.

    So the sentence, in correct English, should be:

    "I know a man named Smith, with a wooden leg."

    But by placing "named Smith" in the wrong place:

    "I know a man with a wooden leg, named Smith."

    It seems (to the other person) like the leg is named Smith, not the man (since the name is closer to the noun "leg" than it is to the noun "man")

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    When they said "I know a man with a wooden leg named Smith" it could be perceived either that the MAN's name was Smith, or that his wooden leg's name was Smith. So that's why they said "What's the name of his other leg?" Cause they thought they meant the leg was called Smith.

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    5 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    3 years ago

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