April 29, 2011

Paging Michael Scott

New Scientist reports that software has been developed that "understands" the long and the short of double entendres:

Double entendres have been making us laugh since the days of Chaucer and Shakespeare, but up until now computers weren't in on the joke. ChloƩ Kiddon and Yuriy Brun, two computer scientists at the University of Washington, have developed a system for recognising a particular type of double entendre - the "that's what she said" joke, in which seemingly innocent sentences can be transformed into lewd utterances by appending just four short words.

That's what she said.