We’re thinking that we need a new category here. Something like “Quotes with no context” or “I need an antecedent.” Sometimes you find yourself saying things which are slightly outrageous if taken in isolation.
Here is a real live example from a phone conversation which took place between myself and Liz yesterday afternoon. And I quote: “But do you think a packet of cheese sauce from the box mac would actually stain if it was added during the wash cycle?”
Or how about this one: “I think the Pringles wouldn’t hold enough skivvies to be a good dispenser.” Also a real live example from another of our phone conversations, the funniness of which was only called to our attention by a husband, tuning in from his absorbing work, first to look incredulous, and then to poke fun.