the interrupting cow [knock-knock joke]

Discussion in 'English Only' started by onixie, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. onixie New Member

    I'm a newbie about enjoying the english joke.
    I read about the "Knock Knock" joke about the interrupting cow.
    But I don't quite know what does "the interrupting cow" mean.
    Is there some background about it?

    Thanks for helping!
  2. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    A: Knock, knock.
    B: Who's there?
    A: The interrupting cow.
    B: The interrupting cow--
    A: Moo

    In the traditional knock-knock joke, B would say "the interrupting cow who?" But he is interrupted by the mooing.
  3. rmawhorter Member

    British Columbia, Canada
    English - Canada
    I think that a cow was chosen for this joke because "moooo" (what an English cow says) rhymes with "who." Also, people are sometimes called cows when they are rude and obnoxious. Any animal could have been chosen but a perhaps for these two reasons a cow was chosen.
  4. Whizbang Senior Member

    English - American
    I hadn't heard that joke and so Googled it. I will definitely use it :)

    "To interrupt" is to talk over someone else. So...

    "Knock, knock"
    "Who's there?"
    "Interrupting cow"
    "Interrupting c---"
  5. onixie New Member

    Thanks, I got it.
    The cow is just so unlucky to be chosen to "Mooing" at that moment. Hee~

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