It seems to me that there's a thin line between euphemism and double entendre, and its even naughtier cousin innuendo. I'm no expert in cunning linguistics but I imagine Moptop's new best chum InkyFool could show us a thing or two. But I do enjoyed getting my tongue around something risque now and then - it's one of my little foibles. For example, I've just come back from an event at Toast in West Kirby where during my slot my 'Road Rage' poem went down well. I'm particularly proud of the line: Girlie young things find it hard to be nippy / when they're stroking their Volvos and doing their lippy.
Some old favourites:
- A man encountered a woman on a cliff-top path too narrow for them to pass on - he couldn't decide whether to toss himself off or block her passage.
- Then there's the story of the three volunteers late at the sperm bank: two missed the Tube and one came on the bus.
- Oh, and didn't Chris Tarrant say, discussing the first Millionaire winner Judith Keppel on This Morning: "She was practising fastest finger first by herself in bed last night."
And sports commentators are famed for them:
- Harry Carpenter at the Oxford-Cambridge boat race 1977 - "Ah, isn't that nice. The wife of the Cambridge President is kissing the Cox of the Oxford crew."
- Pat Glenn, weightlifting commentator - "And this is Gregoriava from Bulgaria. I saw her snatch this morning and it was amazing!"
- Willie Carson was telling Claire Balding how jockeys prepare for a big race when he said: "They usually have four or five dreams a night about coming from different positions." (More of these here.)
The trouble with double entendres is, once you let one go everything takes on a lewd second meaning and you start sniggering at the most innocuous of comments.
It helps if you are able to raise an eyebrow suggestively.This is harder than it looks. If you can't get it up or keep it erect you can resort to adding the phrase 'as the actress said to the bishop' to flag up your wit (or 'Phnar, phnar' if you are Uncultured). There's even a campaign for an 'as the actress said to the bishop' button on Facebook.
So anyway - the possibilities are spread before you. It's National Double Entendre Week. Go on - slip one in, you know you want to.