a cockatoo on Hampstead Heath

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vtg81

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Italian
Hello,
I was listening to “BBC London Drive Time” when Nicole Alcee read the following text message from a listener: “I’ve lived in Ealing all my life and I've never seen a parakeet but in younger days I saw a cockatoo on Hampstead Heath”. Apparently this sentence is very funny but I can’t understand why. Is it a pun?
 
  • panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    Ahem, please excuse the immodest comments to follow.

    I saw a cockatoo on Hampstead Heath.
    ~~ sounds like ~~
    I saw a cock or two on Hampstead Heath.
    Cock = penis.

    It is a pun.
     

    vtg81

    Senior Member
    Italian
    Thank you Panjandrum,

    Now I understand. What about "a parakeet"? Does it sound like "a pair of... something" or the pun is just "a cockatoo/a cock or two"?

    Thank you in advance.
     

    panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    Well, you know what a parakeet and a cockatoo are, I assume ... both birds.
    The humour in the comment is that there is nothing even vaguely funny, or punnable, in parakeet (as far as I know) but cockatoo is a very familiar and straightforward good old British smutty pun.
     
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