Odd Out of Context

If you overheard the following sentence from a random stranger, would you think it odd?

“I want to pack llamas tonight.”

I said this to a friend on the way out of work, and she chuckled at the sentence because, out of context, it is kind of strange.  The implied meaning makes it clear: I am moving and I collect llamas.  Someone who knows these two things about me immediately understands the sentence.  Without that knowledge, it’s a somewhat funny statement.

Isn’t context a wonderful thing?


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. deshipley
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 21:10:54

    I get where your friend’s coming from. Statements that you just know would sound shockingly ridiculous outside of context make for some good laughs. X)


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