Posted by : Ardhi Dwi Prabowo Friday, January 11, 2013


Spoof text is a kind of text that that is the most enjoyable to learn. Why? Because with this one, at least the students who always frown when learning English can be cured. Try to ask your friends, is there your friends who "hated" English lessons? I'm very very very sure "there is". However, with this spoof text, hopefully all of their hatred could be turned into love.


Spoof text is one type of English text that telling a funny story. Who would not smile if there are things that funny? That is stressful man huh? If the narrative text tend to tell a story with a variety of problems to be solved, and if the recount text more inclined to tell that person's activities in a particular time sequence, spoof text is different from the two text, so what is?

Definition


Mentioned in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary Online (wow), there are two meanings of spoof text. First, as a noun, the meaning is, "a funny and silly piece of writing, music, theater, etc.. That copies the style of an original work". Being second, spoof as a verb, meaning, "to try to make someone believe in something is not true, as a joke."  Spoof of the second meaning above, it can be concluded that the definition of spoof text is a text that contains humor though most of the text has been modified from the original. 

Language Characteristiccs


There are several linguistic characteristics that can distinguish Spoof Text with English Text types (Types of Text) the other, there are :

1. Using the Past Tense; was, were, did, etc.

2. Using action verbs (action verb), did, went, walked, etc.

3. Using adverb of time and place adverbs.

4. Told chronologically.

The Generic Structure


Generic Structure (general arrangement) in a spoof text are :
» Orientation, provides an introduction to the characters, setting, settings etc..
» Events, provides even or events
» Twist, ending the story (the ending is considered funny, sometimes unexpected)

A description of the orientation and the event is oftenly discussed, especially on the subject narrative text and recount text. In any spoof text, orientation and the event was not much different from the one in the narrative and recount.

Looking for a twist, for those not used to writing a humorous story may be very difficult to understand the twist was hard enough, let alone making up their own ...

Yes, to understand the twist, we need a sense of humor until we are able to digest what's behind the humor contained in this twist. Because usually very difficult to predict, "what's the punchline?" Let's see the examples :

Absence 


Joe's Mother got angry because her son got a low mark on English test.

"Why did you get such a low mark on that test?" Asked mother angrily. Asked by his angry mother, Joe just kept silent and went out.

A few moment, Joe came back home and met his mother again. His mother asked the same question.

Joe answered steadily, "Because of absence."

"You mean you were absent on the day of the test?" Mother wondered.

Joe replied, "No, but the kid who sits next to me was."


So thats all..  I hope you can understand, what the orientation, events, till the twist. Finally, have a good study and good bye.



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