Re: RARA-AVIS: Shaggy dog

From: Marc Seals (
Date: 02 Dec 2004

The Merriam-Webster definition is: a long-drawn-out circumstantial story concerning an inconsequential happening that impresses the teller as humorous but the hearer as boring and pointless; also : a similar humorous story whose humor lies in the pointlessness or irrelevance of the punch line.

I would add that it often ends with a bad pun, spoonerism, or other form of word play.


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Michael Robison

  A while ago I saw the term "shaggy dog" applied to THE
  DAVINCI CODE. Can you tell me what "shaggy dog"
  means, roughly?

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