- "Wanna sit here? Want some butter?"
- "Did you eat yet? No, did you?"
- "It's the black girl's fault."
- "That's no yady, that's my wife!"
The last one is thanks to my older cousin when she was about three. I wasn't quite born yet, so I can't tell the full story, but apparently she once made quite a fuss when she told a joke with the punchline "That's no lady, that's my wife," sans prior speech impediment. Apparently the hilarity came mostly from the fact that she was three and telling a joke beyond the typical knock-knock/what-do-you-get-when-you-mix-an-x-with-a-y mold.
The problem is, though, nobody can quite remember what the actual joke in question was. My family can only remember the punchline. Come to think of it, she may not have actually said an actual joke. Maybe all she said was, "That's no yady, that's my wife!"
So last night we went on a quest to figure out what the joke actually is. It involved lots and lots of Googling. Our conclusion, though, was kind of pathetic. We determined that the joke was (probably) written by Henny Youngman. We also determined that we're not alone; everyone else knows the punchline, but nobody seems to know the joke.
We set our neighbor Mrs. Dwyer on the trail after our patience ran through. The only joke she could find was this:
"Two men walk into a bar. One man turns to the other and says, 'That's no lady, that's my wife!"
I am doubtful that's the actual joke, but I don't think anything can beat that.