shaggy dog story

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a long rambling joke whose humor derives from its pointlessness

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SHERLOCK'S shaggy dog story was given a nifty twist in The Hounds Of Baskerville.
Tradisioneel is 'n shaggy dog story 'n besonder langdradige relaas vol kenmerkende irrelevante insidente en die slot grens dikwels aan die absurde.
If the joke had actually been funny, or even vaguely resembled a joke - perhaps a clever play-on-words, an amusing shaggy dog story (or, for the Pope, a shaggy God story), or even a wry reference to the Papal Schism of 1378 - the concerned colleague would have thought nothing of it.
In a sense, the whole plot is really a shaggy dog story so that Elliott and Alma can work out their troubled marriage.
THERE'S always one certainty about a shaggy dog story - it's going to get messy.
A baroque but strangely effective shaggy dog story, "Take Me Home" offers an ominous new spin on getting in touch with one's inner child.
What little meaning I could glean from the piece made it seem like some kind of pseudo-Freudian shaggy dog story.
He answers that it was not, but his answer takes the form of a bewildering shaggy dog story that turns on the translation of the Enlightenment into "the Materialist-Deist idea of venture" and the conclusion that that idea "is totally absent from the ideological basis of American exceptionalism.
Future episodes will include a comic tale titled "The Shaggy Dog Story," written by famed science fiction writer David Gerrold, and an as-yet-unnamed romantic science fiction drama.
And to prove this is no shaggy dog story - there was a sting in the tale for seven-month old Murphy.
uk/echolive IT'S not a shaggy dog story, but it's certainly a hair-raising tale.
30pm Lloyd Langford: One Day in the Life of Lloyd Owen Langford Rhod Gilbert's TV henchman presents his new show, a picaresque shaggy dog story about going to buy a loaf of bread containing a potent brew of gags, stories, riffs and accents.
BOOKMAKERS were barking mad yesterday after a shaggy dog story involving Co Stompe saw them pay a heavy price, writes Steve Davies.
The audience participation carols prove patchy through a lack of clear direction from the stage, while Rumpole's Christmas, a yarn by John Mortimer and composer Kenneth Hesketh, getting its premiere here, turns into a bit of a seasonal shaggy dog story.
As a result, this performance seemed rather rambling, more of a shaggy dog story than his usual, highly personal material.