Linguist jokes (5)

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I walked into the 7th-floor common room in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences building at the University of Edinburgh yesterday and saw this message on the shared whiteboard:

The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense.

Classy graffiti, I thought. This is a very intellectual place. And suddenly I realized that I haven't posted a linguist joke here since June 2006. And in March that year I had said that "I try to post one linguist joke a year, whether you need it or not." I am 8 years behind schedule!

As I waited for the coffee machine to deliver my mug of java I looked out past the majestic scenery of the extinct volcano known as Arthur's Seat, and across the Firth of Forth beyond, and found myself wondering if, in that same tense bar, auxiliary have was sitting in a booth with a past participle. That would be perfect.

Linguist jokes. I should post more of them. I'll try to catch up.

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