Innuendo

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Not to be confused with Innuendo (album).

An innuendo is an indirect or implied statement of ideas or opinions. It can also be a remark or question, often disparaging (also called insinuation), that works indirectly by allusion. In the latter sense, the intention is often to insult or accuse someone in such a way that the words as used, taken literally, seem to be innocent in the direct meaning (but have a negative unspoken meaning).

An innuendo is "an oblique hint or remark";[1] The word is often used to express disapproval.[2]

The term sexual innuendo has a specific meaning, namely that of a "risqué" double entendre (double meaning) by playing on a possibly sexual meaning of an otherwise innocent statement.

Bullying[change | edit source]

Innuendo is a tool of bullying.[3]

In popular culture[change | edit source]

Many TV shows\movies aimed at little kids often use innuendoes as a way of attracting older people. Shows\movies such as The Fairly OddParents, Spongebob Squarepants,The Penguins of Madagascar, Shrek, Bee Movie, the Walt Disney Animated Classics, Rocko's Modern Life, The Muppet Show, Cow & Chicken, Ren & Stimpy, Animaniacs and Looney Tunes have been known to do this over the years. Also many prime-time shows use an extensive amount of innuendo to the point that they are rated U.S. TV PG/14 D for dialogue. Some TV shows using innuendoes are: The Simpsons, Futurama, Son of the Beach, The Office, Jersey Shore (TV series), King of the Hill, Beavis and Butthead, Everybody Hates Chris, American Dad, Tosh.0, Family Guy and South Park.

Also, many radio shows are known for use of innuendo, including: The Gallo Radio Show, most of the songs played on Southern Crossroads, sometimes The Rick & Bubba Show, The Howard Stern Show, The Steve and DC Morning Show, especially The JT & Dave Show, Air Bubba and The Bob & Tom Show.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Oxford illustrated dictionary.
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  3. "How does a manipulative bully think?" at KickBully.com; retrieved 2013-2-15.