Posted by: Jack Henry | May 4, 2018

Editor’s Corner: The English Jokes Continue…

“A dyslexic walks into a bra.”

Okay, most of us are familiar with the term dyslexia or dyslexic. Sometimes it is described as a condition where you mix letters up or have a hard time reading. Officially it is “a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence.”

It’s not nice to joke about learning disabilities; in fact, I almost left this one off the list of jokes. But the 15-year-old boy in me thought that the idea of “walking into a bra” was pretty funny, so there you have it.

The Online Etymology Dictionary provides the following information:

dyslexia (n.)

1885, from German dyslexie (1883), from Greek dys- "bad, abnormal, difficult" (see dys-) + lexis "word," from legein "speak" (from PIE root *leg- (1) "to collect, gather," with derivatives meaning "to speak (to ‘pick out words’)") + abstract noun ending -ia. Dyslexic (n.) is first recorded 1961; dyslectic (adj.) from 1964.

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