That sounds funny

I’m not sure what was happening during this morning’s run but somehow into my head popped the sound-based relationship between the German word die Komödie – “comedy” – and the English word “commode.” According to, “commode” has three translations: der Leibstuhl and der Toilettenstuhl, both of which mean “toilet” and die Kommode which is used for the meaning “chest of drawers.”

Perhaps the frequency with which bodily functions are evoked in humor in English was a contributing factor in building the association in my mind…

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