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Came across this on Reddit/Jokes today

An Englishman is hiking in Scotland and he pauses to drink from a stream. A passing shepherd calls out "Dinnae drink frae that, it's all fulla coo piss an shite!"

The Englishman says to him in a cut-glass accent "I'm terribly sorry, my good fellow, would you very much mind repeating that in the Queen's English?" And the shepherd says "I'm terribly sorry sir, I was only asking if you would like to borrow this tin cup and get a proper drink?"

One of the comments says:

In Hong Kong, you get the same joke but with mandarin elitists and Cantonese speakers.

Apparently a lot of similar language jokes are about poison and not just contaminated water.

Any idea what the joke is in Cantonese?

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  • What does mean "Dinnae drink frae that"? ('Don't drink that'?)
    – Starckman
    Feb 20, 2021 at 16:28
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    @starckman Probably: Don't drink from that
    – Mou某
    Feb 20, 2021 at 16:33
  • Until someone comes up with the joke, here's one to warm things up. Q: 一块三分熟的牛排在街上走着,突然他在前方看到一块五分熟的牛排,可却没有理会他 …他们为什么没打招呼? A: …因为他们不熟! Feb 21, 2021 at 9:17
  • There is a Cantonese VS. English Elitist one: 香蕉 didn't have an English name until one day an English man saw a Cantonese guy eating one. This English man said to his friend: "Do the Cantonese know how stupid they look when they eat this yellow fruit like a monkey?" Unexpectedly, that Cantonese did know English and got very angry. He beat that English man with the 香蕉 over his head and yelled:" 笨吖嗱?! 笨吖嗱?!" (Stupid, huh?! Stupid, huh?!). And That's how 香蕉 got named Banana in English. -- (笨吖嗱 is pronounced 'ban6 a1 na2' )
    – Tang Ho
    Feb 21, 2021 at 21:21
  • @starckman, even less obvious is "coo", which means "cow". Apr 18, 2022 at 14:16

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In Cantonese-speaking world, the joke in Cantonese could be:

近日最流行的粤语:

第一句:叮咚鸡 - Mandarin (听通知 original Cantonese meaning)

第二句:大狗叫 - Mandarin (戴口罩 original Cantonese meaning)

https://twitter.com/m_wo8y/status/1512995205431324675  (the twitter version)


https://www.douyin.com/video/7077715908835167500  (the video version)
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    it doesn't sound like an answer to the question.
    – Tang Ho
    May 28, 2022 at 22:55

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