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I don't get this joke from Modern Family (City mouse/country mice) Cam: Mitchell is a snob. Mitchell: No, I'm just discerning. Cam: Official slogan for snobs. When we first met, he wouldn't even look at me because I was a hick from the farm in Missouri, and he's a big **city mouse**. Mitchell: (snorts) Who says city mouse? Cam: **Country mice.** I don't get this city mouse / country mice joke. I know the meaning of every vocabulary here but I guess there's more to it cause I just don't get this conversation when it's taken literally. What's supposed to be funny in this context? Is "city mouse" or similar phrase of this sort a common joke in English? Thanks in advance!
Aug 27, 2020 12:39 PM
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It’s a reference to a famous children’s story. See:
August 27, 2020
Hello. I read the dialogue a few times and to be honest I can't put my finger on it! I think it has something to do with an old story talking about a mouse living in the city, and a mouse living in the countryside! It's a very famous story from Jean de La Fontaine and I think it has been adapted in many cartoons for TV etc. I guess it would be like a private joke.. but I also don't get why the plural is used at the end. Sorry I'm not of any help! ^^ maybe somebody else will find a good explanation! Hope you have a good day
August 27, 2020
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