October 11th, 2007
The oldest your mom joke I know:
< DEMETRIUS> Villain, what hast thou done?
< AARON> That which thou canst not undo.
< CHIRON> Thou hast undone our mother.
< AARON> Villain, I have done thy mother.
< DEMETRIUS> And therein, hellish dog, thou hast undone.
Act IV, Scene II of Titus Andronicus. Lines 76-80.
If you know an older one, I want to see it.
|Date:||October 12th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)|| |
not a mom joke, but it's pretty damn bad. and yes, this is my homepage at a past employer.
|Date:||October 12th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)|| |
and yes, i wrote it.
|Date:||October 12th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)|| |
where "write" is in the same sense as "poop".
Wait a second! That would mean that you didn't work for death!
|Date:||October 13th, 2007 07:37 am (UTC)|| |
i've had minor stints with the vices, i won't deny it.
|Date:||October 12th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)|| |
Titus Andronicus? You should see the Vincent Price flick "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" - a takeoff on the Shakespeare play. And other Dr. Phibes flicks, which I watched at midnight flicks in Palo Alto in the '70s. More on Vincent Price offline, what a guy ...
Now I'm gonna have to see if I can find one in an ancient Greek text, just to one-up you...
Man, I hope you can 8) It's become my instant response to anyone who says "your mom" to me.
For my part, I've already read Beowulf, so I know there isn't one in there. I think the Canterbury Tales are a good bet though, so that's next on my reading list. 8)
(Psst! I'm not letting you forget this one. 8) )
I'm keeping an eye out ^_^ I bet I can find one in Aristophanes somewhere...
"May the pasture lands shriek in mourning as if it were your mother."
-The Epic of Gilgamesh
Okay, not quite a "your mom" joke, but way older than Shakespeare.
Yeah, that doesn't actually attempt to degrade the other person by suggesting something negative about their mother. I wouldn't put it in the same category, so Titus would remain the oldest "your mom" joke I know of.
I really think it's unlikely that such a thing exists -- I mean, "Villain, I have done thy mother" is a phrase that's been modernized directly -- even with the same meaning of "done". I think ultimately, that's what makes it really incredible to me.