double entendre


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double entendre

A word or phrase that can have two interpretations, one of which is usually humorous, insulting, or sexual in nature. The old man kept working double entendres into conversation, hoping to make the young ladies laugh, but instead he just made them uncomfortable.
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Based on these arguments, the applicant argued that its mark creates a double entendre or pun, which in turn creates an incongruity showing that pregnancy text is not merely descriptive.
The new policy on double entendre names reads: "Aesthetically unsuitable names such as, Tip House, Pit Lane will be avoided, or names capable of deliberate misinterpretation like Hoare Road, Typple Avenue, Swag House, etc."
Wonders of Life (BBC Two, tonight, 9pm) | ONE of the best things about BBC Two's Stargazing Live is not just those incredible facts about the universe, but the banter between Brian Cox and Dara O' Briain, especially the odd double entendre they try to get away with before the watershed.
"The Major" - his other sobriquet - will be remembered partly for his ability to keep talking while all about him collapsed in mirth over an unintended double entendre conceived to keep the commentary lively.
The double entendre name is a nod of recognition to its shapely servers, who model a variety of skimpy outfits that vary with holidays and special occasions.
"People always talk about the double entendres. There was not one double entendre in the music," Hodo said.
Wolfe Tone has an Irish rebel music band named after him, the Wolfe Tones, with the double entendre that a wolf tone is a spurious sound that can affect instruments of the violin family.
With an eye to the bawdy and lascivious double entendre of the original work, the annotations provide detailed analysis of linguistic turns and hidden meanings often not found in more traditional editions, based on newer, edited versions of the text.
Will.i.am ft Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez T.H.E (The Hardest Ever) Three big guns gather on this song, which is already more famous for the double entendre (the hardest ever) than the music but the Black Eyed Peas' star's talent seems to be almost equal to his work ethic.
Each short, short story (1,000 words or less) in this anthology features young people in their "formative years of choice and challenges." The title is a double entendre; in addition to describing the fictional genre, the stories' characters experience sudden flashes of insight about themselves, their parents, or the world they were once too young, too inexperienced, or too unscathed to see.
IN THE EXETER BOOK we find the so-called sexual riddles, (1) whose classification as such has traditionally relied on the presence of two essential components: sexual imagery and double entendre. On this basis, at least fourteen pieces have generally been labeled as "sexual" or "double entendre" in editions and anthologies: Riddles 12 (ox and hide), (2) 20 (sword), 25 (onion), 37 (bellows), 42 (rooster and hen), 44 (key and lock), 45 (dough), 46 (Lot and his offspring), 54 (churn and butter), 61 (shirt or helmet), 62 (poker), 63 (glass beaker), 65 (onion), and 91 (key).
From its double entendre title to its black and white horror movie style illustrations, More Bloody Horowitz delivers dollops of gore guaranteed to shock and delight fans of the macabre.
If dear old Ronnie Barker were alive, he'd have had a double entendre field day given our opponents and their managers names.
Taylor describes the move for Tango Man, a brilliant double entendre of a nickname given both his skin colour and his imminent appearance on some stupid Dancing with Celebrities on Ice programme, as a 'no brainer'.