Armenian riddle

What’s green and hangs in the drawing room?

– A green herring

Why in the drawing room?

– because it was possible to hang it there

Why green?

– it was painted to make it harder to guess

Roman Jakobson, Prague, 1920

Roman Jakobson, Prague, 1920

Roman Jakobson, ‘On Realism’, in Language in Literature, (Ed. Krystyna Pomorska and Stephen Rudy), Cambridge, Mass.:Harvard University Press, 1987, pp.19-27, http://monoskop.org/images/b/be/Jakobson_Roman_1922_1987_On_Realism_in_Art.pdf

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