6 Example of Spoof Text Which Twisting You

This is about spoof text in English which has twisting plot in the end of the story. The spoof text example is a funny story in English with moral value. It is like a narrative text but with different generic structure. What makes them different is the unpredictable end of the story. The spoof text features are resembled with narrative text. 

The spoof text function is not big different from narrative The generic structure of spoof text includes orientation, series of event, and twist. By ending with twisting plot, it is commonly sensed as a funny short story or funny jokes or comedy text in English. In fact, a spoof text in English lesson is a funny story telling. 

The unpredictable plot in the end of the story which twisting the readers is what make it as English anecdotes. Retelling a funny experience, real funny things in one’s experience, but absent of twisting plot can not be called a spoof story. A spoof text personal experience may be an unwanted and sad experience which is very far from funny.

The Twisting spoof Texts Generic Structure
This spoof text example, again, is like a narrative text in features and function. So when you are getting a text with question about spoof text,just remember how you answer a narrative text question.

1.  That Phone is Off
Soon after he left college, Dave found one of his uncles who was very rich and had no children of his own died and left him a lot of money, so he decided to set up his own real estate agency.
Dave found a nice office. He bought some new furniture and moved in. he had only been there for e few hours when he heard someone coming toward the door of his office.
“It must be my first customer” Dave thought. He quickly picked up the telephone and pretended to be very busy answering an important call from someone in New York who wanted to buy a big and expensive house in the country.
The man knocked at the door while this was going on. He came in and waited politely for Dave to finish his conversation on the phone. Then the man said to Dave; “I am from the telephone company and I was sent here to connect your telephone”
Notes on the Spoof’s Generic Structure
Orientation: Dave was a lucky man. He suddenly became a very rich man because of the death of his rich uncle who had no children. He inherited his uncle’s money.
Event 1: Being rich, he wanted to set up his estate company
Event 2: He had his new office. In his office, he pretended to be a very successful businessman. He acted as had an important client. He showed by making conversation on the phone.
Twist: The man whom he showed is a telephone technician. He came to Dave’s office to connect that phone.

2.  Falling into a Well
There was a man. When he was walking, he fell into a well.
Many people saw the incident so they came to save him. Unfortunately no one could enter the well to bring him out. Later, a smart man came up with a bright idea to throw the man a strong rope to try to pull him out the well.
When the rope reached  and hit the man’s head, he shouted angrily: “Don' bother me! Pick your own well, I am bathing.”
Analyzing The Generic Structure
Well, What do you think about that story? Is it funny, isn't it? Now let's talk about its generic structure. We have to remember that a text with twisting ending mostly can be labelled as a spoof text. Here we go:
Orientation: A man as main character and the people as supporting one
Events:  People saw the incident. A man has bright idea. He throws a rope into the well. The rope hits the man's head
Twist: "I'm bathing" of the man's answer is really twisting

2.  Goat Jumping into Deep Hole
Two men were walking through the woods and come across a very big deep hole. "Wow...that looks deep." One replied,"Sure does... toss a few pebbles in there and we will see how deep this hole is." Then they pick up a few pebbles and throw them in and wait... no noise "Geeez. That is really deep... here.. throw one of these great big rocks down there. Those should make a noise." After that, they pick up a couple football-sized rocks and toss them into the hole and wait... and wait. but no noise they heard.
Wow.. They were really impressed with how deep hole it was. They look at each other in amazement. One gets a determined look on his face and says, "Hey...over here in the weeds, there's a railroad tie. Help me carry it over here. When we toss that sucker in this hole, it's must make some noise."
The two men drag the heavy tie over to the hole and heave it in. But, not a sound comes from the hole. Suddenly, out of the nearby woods, a goat appears, running like the wind. It rushes toward the two men, then right past them, running as fast as its legs will carry it. Suddenly it leaps in the air and into the hole. The goat disappeared into the deep hole.
The two men are astonished with what they've just seen. How could a goat jump into the hole? Then, not long after that, out of the woods comes a farmer. He seemed to seek something and asked to the two men, "Hey two guys... have you seen my goat out here?"
Feeling amazing with what they saw of a goat jumping to the hole, they answer straightly,"You bet we did! Craziest thing I've ever seen! A goat came running like crazy and just jumped into this hole!"
The farmer thought a moment and said, "That could not have been my goat. Because my goat was chained to a railroad tie." Then he left the two men.
This example of spoof text is rewritten from: www.funnies.com

3.  Time to Go to School!
Early one morning, a mother went in to wake up her son.
"Wake up, son. It's time to go to school!"
"But why, Mom? I don't want to go."
"Give me two reasons why you don't want to go."
"Well, the kids hate me for one, and the teachers hate me, too!"
"Oh, that's no reason not to go to school. Come on now and get ready."
"Give me two reasons why I should go to school." "Well, for one, you're 52 years old. And for another, you're the Principal!"

5.  What Time is It?
Reading a spoof text can be very interesting as it has an unpredictable plot of the story. There will be a tricky "arrangement". As we build understanding of the plot to certain condition, a spoof text will be ended with a special contradictory ending. Bellow is another example of spoof text.

A tramp lie down and sleep in the park. He had been sleeping for about 5 minutes when a couple walked by. The man stopped, woke the tramp up , and asked him, "Excuse me.
Do you know what the time is?" The tramp replied, "I'm sorry - I don't have a watch, so I don't know the time."
The man apologized for waking the tramp and the couple walked away.
The tramp lay down again, and after a few minutes went back to sleep. Just then, a woman, who was out walking her dog, shook the tramp's shoulder until he woke up again.
The woman said, "I'm sorry to trouble you, but I'm afraid I've lost my watch - do you happen to know the time?" The tramp was a little annoyed at being woken up again, but he politely told the woman that he didn't have a watch and didn't know the time.
After the woman had gone, the tramp had an idea.
He opened the bag that contained all his possessions and got out a pen, a piece of paper and some string. On the paper, he wrote down, 'I do not have a watch. I do not know the time'.
He then hung the paper round his neck and eventually dropped off again.
After about 15 minutes, a policeman who was walking through the park noticed the tramp asleep on the bench, and the sign around his neck.
He woke the tramp up and said, "I read your sign. I thought you'd like to know that it's 2:30 p.m."
This example of spoof text is taken from www.kinglishschool.com/joke_tramp.htm

6.  Counting Donkeys
Spoof text is quite entertaining as well as educating. I find a very funny story of Abu Ali and his new donkey. It is a folktale from the Middle East. This story, which I think, can be labelled as spoof text is appropriate for children. Here is the story.

One day Abu Ali went to the fair, and bought nine donkeys. He rode home on one of them the rest of the donkeys followed behind.
After a while Abu Ali said to himself, “I must make sure all my donkeys are here.” And he turned round to count them.
“One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Oh! Where’s number nine?” Abu Ali cried
He jumped down from his donkey. He looked behind the rocks and behind the trees. But there was no donkey to be seen.
“I’ll count them again,” Abu Ali said. “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. Oh, he must have come back.”
So Abu Ali climbed back on to the donkey and trotted away.
After a while he counted his donkeys again. He counted only eight! Once more he looked behind the rocks and behind the trees. But there was no donkey to be seen.
“I will count again,” he said, and this time there were nine.
Just then Abu Ali saw his friend Musa walking along the road. “Musa,” he called. “Help me to count my donkeys. I keep losing one. When I stop to count I have only eight, but when I get down looking for the ninth, there he is again!”
“Well, I can see ten donkeys, Abu Ali,” laughed Musa. “And the tenth donkey’s name is Abu Ali”


Finding a short sample of spoof text is not always easy. We often find a funny story which we suppose a spoof text but we get difficulty to analyze the generic structure to prove it as a spoof text. If you are in such situation, here is a funny story for you. Remember, a spoof text will be completed with a twist. The function of the twist in any spoof text is very crucial as it determines whether a text is categorized in spoof or recount. 

Do you get the point why that short passage can be labeled as a spoof text? Before we are going to go further, Let's see its rough translation to help you to  get better understanding. Well it's interesting enough to read a spoof text, isn't it? How a writer get us to make any guess of the the ending of the story is the the most important element of the plot of any spoof text. If you have any comments, let's me know. English is interesting, isn't it?

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