On the way home from picking up pizza today, Little E and I discussed why he laughs at a joke on one of his favorite shows, but doesn’t laugh when he says the same thing himself because it’s not inherently funny on its own.
- ME: Maybe it’s not funny because it’s out of context.
- E: What is context?
- ME: It’s what’s going on around what you’re saying. Context is the other stuff around it. Context can tell you a lot. Context is pretty important.
- E: [giggling]
- ME: What?
- E: You keep saying context and it sounds funny.
- ME: Ah. That’s subtext…
This is why I’m not an English or lit teacher. Or, for that matter, any kind of teacher. 😆