259: Clichéd Exchanges
Title text: It's like they say, you gotta fight fire with clichés.
Another entry into the My Hobby series.
"O RLY?" is an Internet meme typically used to express sarcastic agreement with or feigned surprise at a statement. The typical response to "O RLY" is usually "YA RLY", "NO WAI" or "SRSLY?" These exchanges are SMS abbreviations for "Oh really?", "Yeah really", "No way!", and "Seriously?" respectively.
However, Cueball's response avoids this typical exchange, instead replying with another cliché, the double entendre. A double entendre is a phrase which has two intended meanings: one innocent, the other lewd. The comedy comes from the ambiguous meaning.
A classic example of a double entendre: "If I told you you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?" The innocent meaning of this phrase is "If I complimented you on your looks, would you be off-put by my forward behavior?" The lewd meaning of the phrase is "You look incredibly sexy, and I would like to make out/have sex with you," referring to the literal holding of bodies against each other.
Another classic double entendre is to respond to a statement containing a word ending with '-er', and turn it into a sex reference. The setup is as follows:
- Alan: "Do you want to come over to my house? My wife and I are playing poker."
- Bob: "Poker? I hardly KNOW her!"
Such a double entendre makes no sense in the context of an O RLY exchange. In the case of the comic, the non-sequitur will likely baffle the person on the left and derail the conversation, to the amusement of the person on the right. The reason Randall makes this a hobby is that it bores him when people fall back on clichés for comedy, and he seeks inventive ways to humor himself in these situations.
Alternatively, the double entendre might have a sense in this context, if one assumes that the author meant a Hebrew female name "Orly".
The title text takes the real cliché "fight fire with fire," and combines it with the more literal "fight clichés with clichés." The resulting statement follows a very similar principle to the situation in the comic proper.
- My Hobby:
- Derailing clichéd exchanges by using the wrong replies
- Friend: O RLY?
- Cueball: O RLY? I 'ardly know 'er!