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A sexual innuendo is a remark or question, typically disparaging, that works obliquely by allusion. The intention is often to insult or accuse someone in such a way that one's words, taken literally, are innocent. Innuendo can make use of, but is by no means restricted to, double entendre (note that doubles entendres can be unintentional, while innuendo is always intentional). Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... An innuendo is a figure of speech which indicates an indirect or subtle, usually derogatory implication in expression; an insinuation. ... Allusion is a stylistic device or trope, in which one refers covertly or indirectly to an object or circumstance that has occurred or existed in an external content. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Usage and Perception

Some modern examples of innuendo include sexual references to human body parts. For example, a woman might attempt to purchase some groceries and a man might say, "Boy, those are some nice melons you have there." This statement implies that he was referring to the woman's breasts.

When innuendo is used in a sentence, it could go completely undetected by someone who was not familiar with the hidden meaning, and he or she would find nothing odd about the sentence. Perhaps because innuendo is not considered offensive to those who do not "get" the hidden implication, it is often used in sitcoms and other comedy which would otherwise be considered unsuitable for children. Children would find this comedy funny, but because most children lack understanding of the hidden implication in innuendo, they would find it funny for a completely different reason from most adult viewers. This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or of a poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ...

Innuendo in Television, Radio and Music


Sexual innuendo is common in sitcoms, for instance the character “The Todd” from NBC's Scrubs (with the famous "in-your-endo" line). In Are You Being Served?, Mrs. Slocombe makes frequent references to her "pussy", such as "It's a wonder I'm here at all, you know. My pussy got soakin' wet. I had to dry it out in front of the fire before I left." A child might find this statement funny simply because of the references to her pussy cat, whereas an adult would detect the innuendo (pussy is sexual slang for vagina). In the context of Are You Being Served?, this is doubly funny as Mrs. Slocombe is apparently unaware of the innuendo, as well (See British humour). Innuendo is common in many other British sitcoms such as Only Fools and Horses or Allo Allo Scrubs is an Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning American situation comedy/dramedy that premiered on October 2, 2001 on NBC. It was created by Bill Lawrence, who also co-created Spin City. ... Are You Being Served? was a long-running British sitcom broadcast from 1972 to 1985. ... Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ... British humour is a somewhat general term applied to certain comedic motifs that are often prevalent in comedic acts originating in Great Britain and its current or former colonies. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Only Fools and Horses is a British television sitcom, created and written by John Sullivan, and made and broadcast by the BBC. Seven series were originally broadcast in the UK between 1981 and 1991, with sporadic Christmas specials until 2003. ... Allo Allo! was a British sitcom that ran on BBC1 from 1984 to 1992. ...


Sexual innuendo is common in adult cartoon shows, like The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad!, South Park, and Drawn Together. It is also common in certain children's cartoon shows; such shows include Rocko's Modern Life, The Ren and Stimpy Show, SpongeBob SquarePants, Robot Boy, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, Codename: Kids Next Door, and Pokémon. [citation needed] Simpsons redirects here. ... Family Guy is an Emmy award winning American animated television series about a nuclear family in the fictional town of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ... American Dad! is a satirical American animated television series produced by Underdog Productions and Fuzzy Door Productions for 20th Century Fox. ... For other uses, see South Park (disambiguation). ... Drawn Together is an American animated television series on Comedy Central created by Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein, and first aired on October 27, 2004. ... Rockos Modern Life is an American animated television series whose four seasons aired from 1993 to 1996. ... The Ren and Stimpy Show is an American animated television series created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Robot Boy is the title of a new aminated series that is scheduled to debut on Cartoon Network on January 14th, 2006 as part of the channels new Saturday morning lineup. ... The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, created by Maxwell Atoms, is an American animated television series that currently airs on Cartoon Network and Teletoon. ... The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, also known as Juniper Lee for short, is an American animated television series, created by Judd Winick and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. ... The Codename: Kids Next Door logo. ... The official Pokémon logo. ...

Radio Comedy

In the comedy radio panel show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, where there is a strong tradition in which the innuendo would be via the ordering and stressing of words in a sentence. Humphrey Lyttelton often poses these remarks towards the 'lovely scorer Samantha', for example "Samantha spends so much time down at the library researching this round, she's been asked to take over as their new supervisor. Her first job will be to allocate new jobs to the nice old archivists. They say that when she's finished her assessment, she'll give them a presentation in the conference room, and then hand jobs out in the office." Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, sometimes abbreviated to ISIHAC or simply Clue, is a BBC radio comedy which has run since 11 April 1972. ... Humphrey Lyttelton at the Landmark Arts Centre, 22 April 2006. ...


Pop singer Madonna recorded an innuendo-laden track entitled 'Where Life Begins' on her 1992-album Erotica. On a superficial level, the song would appear to describe a cosy romantic dinner date. However, it soon becomes apparent that the song is instead an homage to oral sex. The songs lyrics include 'can you make a fire without using wood?', 'you can eat all you want and you don't get fat'. It concludes with 'aren't you glad you came?' During the recording sessions the track was known as 'Eating Out'. It is not known why the title was changed. The Bloodhound Gang uses sexual innuendos in many of their songs, such as "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" and the more popular "Bad Touch". Queen published an album called Innuendo. Classic rock band ACDC also used this technique writing "Big Balls" on their "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" album. Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958), better known as simply Madonna, is a six-time Grammy[1] and one-time Golden Globe award winning American pop singer, songwriter, record and film producer, dancer, actress, author and fashion icon. ... Erotica is the fifth studio album by pop singer Madonna, released on October 20, 1992 by Maverick Records. ... The Bloodhound Gang is an American alternative band with a post-punk revival-influenced sound. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... The Bad Touch is the first single by The Bloodhound Gang off their 1999 album Hooray for Boobies. ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Innuendo is a 1991 album by English rock band Queen. ...

Innuendo History

Innuendo is not a modern invention; they date back to the times of Greek theatre. In addition, such style of literary phrasing was enforced in Shakespearian times as well. Indeed, Sir Toby in "Twelfth Night" is seen saying, in reference to Sir Andrew's hair, that "it hangs like flax on a distaff; and I Sir Toby hope to see a housewife take thee Sir Andrew between her legs and spin it off." Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet" has lines like "Here is my fiddlestick that shall make you dance". These phrases were for comic purposes and helped entertain the lower classes who would watch Shakespeare's plays.

In terms of Greek theatre, in the Greek comedy Lysistrata written by Aristophanes, innuendo is clearly visible when Lysistrata tells Cleonice that something of huge importance is about to occur. Cleonice replies by asking "big and meaty?". A child may see this as a big and meaty story, whereas it means long and thick - relating to the male genital, the phallus. (This is an unusual Greek piece of its time because most Ancient Greek references to penis size were in favour of smaller penises, in contrast to modern societies, of which Lysistrata is more typical.) Sketch of Aristophanes Aristophanes (Greek: , ca. ... Lysistrata (Attic: Λυσιστράτη, Doric: Λυσιστράτα), Aristophanes anti-war comedy, written in 411 BC, has female characters, led by the eponymous Lysistrata, barricading the public funds building and withholding sex from their husbands to secure peace and end the Peloponnesian War. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ...

Attitudes to this kind of humour have changed enormously since the 19th century. In the Victorian theatre, innuendo was considered unpleasant, particularly for the ladies in the audience, and was not allowed. In the music hall, on the other hand, innuendo was in constant use in songs. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India Victorian morality is a distillation of the moral views of people living at the time of Queen Victoria (reigned 1837 - 1901) in particular, and to the moral climate of Great Britain throughout the 19th century in... Music Hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which reached its peak of popularity between 1850 and 1960. ...

In the 20th century there began to be a bit of a crackdown on "lewdness", including some prosecutions. It was the job of the Lord Chamberlain to examine the scripts of all plays for decency. Nevertheless, some comedians still continued to get away with it. Max Miller, famously, had two books of jokes, a white book and a blue book, and would ask his audience which book they wanted to hear stories from. If they chose the blue book, it was their own choice and he could feel reasonably secure he wasn't offending anyone. Frankie Howerd based his act on introducing obvious sexual innuendo, and then berating the audience for having taken the lewd meaning instead of the innocent one. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... The Lord Chamberlain or Lord Chamberlain of the Household is one of the chief officers of the Royal Household in the United Kingdom, and is to be distinguished from the Lord Great Chamberlain, one of the Great Officers of State. ... Max Miller, the Cheeky Chappie, was a 1930s English music hall comedian famous for his daringly risqué (for the period) repertoire (see Censorship), and gaudy suits. ... Frankie Howerd Frankie Howerd OBE (born Francis Alex Howard in York, England, 6 March 1917 - not 1922 as he claimed; died in London, 19 April 1992) was a distinctive English comedian and comic actor. ...

The blue, innuendo type of humour didn't transfer to radio or cinema at that time, but did eventually filter through from the late 1950s and 1960s. In 1968 the office of the Lord Chamberlain ceased to have responsibility for censoring live entertainment. By the 1970s, innuendo had become standard. This does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A stilt-walker entertaining shoppers at a shopping centre in Swindon, England Entertainment is an event, performance, or activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience (although, for example, in the case of a computer game the audience may be only one person). ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ...

Gershon Legman's Rationale of the Dirty Joke: An Analysis of Sexual Humor (New York: Grove Press, 1968) describes the whole thing as a stunt thought up by bored reporters. [1] Gershon Legman (November 2, 1917 – February 23, 1999), American folklorist and social critic, was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania to parents of Eastern or Central European Jewish descent. ...

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Innuendo can make use of but is by no means restricted to double entendre (note that doubles entendres can be unintentional, while innuendo is always intentional).
When innuendo is used in a sentence, it could go completely undetected by someone who was not familiar with the hidden meaning, and he or she would find nothing odd about the sentence.
Perhaps because innuendo is not considered offensive to those who do not "get" the hidden implication, it is often used in sitcoms and other comedy which would otherwise be considered unsuitable for children.
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