English Admin – Learning a funny story. This is another example of spoof text. This story is funny, humorous, and twisting. The story has unpredictable ending through organizing the tricky plot. Take a look!
The Perfect Husband?
Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A cell phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen.
WOMAN: “Honey, it’s me. Are you at the club?”
WOMAN: “I’m at the mall now and found this beautiful leather coat. It’s
only $1,000. Is it OK if I buy it?”
MAN: “Sure, go ahead if you like it that much.”
WOMAN: “I also stopped by the Mercedes dealership and saw the new 2007
models. I saw one I really liked.”
MAN: “How much?”
MAN: “OK, but for that price I want it with all the options.”
WOMAN: “Great! Oh, and one more thing. The house we wanted last year is back on the market. They’re asking $950,000.”
MAN: “Well, then go ahead and give them an offer, but just offer $900,000.”
WOMAN: “OK. I’ll see you later! I love you!”
MAN: “Bye, I love you, too.”
The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are looking at him in astonishment. Then he smiles and asks: “Anyone know whose phone is???!!!”
Note: This example of spoof is taken from: www.cleanjoke.com/humor/The-Perfect-Husband.html
The power of spoof text can create the amusing sense for readers. They think and want the story like what they see but the plot has its own way to end the story. From this phase, readers are trapped in a tricky thought and make it amusing and funny.
To make analysis on the generic structure, you can consider 3 elements. They are orientation, series of event, and twisting plot. What we mean twisting plot is an unpredictable ending of the story. Happy learning English