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That’s What She Said – Computer Program Can Help Create Dirty Jokes

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Wow, I’d love to get my hands on that!  (That’s what she said.)

A couple of computer science and engineering students at the University of Washington in Seattle have created a computer program that can identify innuendo and double entendres, and is about 70% correct at identifying when it’s appropriate to add the oft-overused phrase, “That’s what she said.” With more programming, it could be more than 99% accurate.

You’re probably thinking, “That would be really hard, and a big waste of time.”  (That’s what she said.)  Actually, it would be a very difficult task.  English is a complicated language, and according to, their automated system, known as Double Entendre via Noun Transfer or DEviaNT, rates sentences for their TWSS potential by looking for particular elements such as nouns that can be interpreted in multiple ways. The researchers trained DEviaNT by gathering jokes from

Although I have respect for the amount of work that has gone into this program, I won’t need to buy it.  I have two teenage sons, who are exceptionally good at finding opportunities to add the aforementioned phrase.  Why pay for something I can get for free?  (That’s what she said.)

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