It is another short example of spoof text which may make us smile or even burst out laughing. The following sample is really very short but it still can be analyzed and considered as a spoof text. Let’s see the passage below!
The Correct Sentence
One day, there was a student. His name was Jimmy. He was studying in the classroom. The teacher asked students to write but Jimmy did not do it.
The teacher approached Jimmy. He wanted to know why Jimmy did not write any word on his book. So the teacher asked: “Jimmy, why aren’t you writing?”
Simply Jimmy replied: “I don’t has a pencil.” Responding to Jimmy’s answer, the teacher said: “Jimmy, that’s not a correct sentence. Then he continued explaining. The correct way is: I don’t have a pencil; he doesn’t have a pencil; we don’t have a pencil.”
Hearing the teacher’s explanation, Jimmy asked: “Who stole all the pencils then?”
Ok, I think that short example of spoof text is easy to understand. The vocabularies used to compose the paragraphs are not so difficult. The sentence pattern is simple. There are some compund or complex sentences but they are not so complicated to understand. However if you still need the translation, here it is.
Kalimat Yang Benar
Suatu hari, ada seorang siswa. Namanya Jimmy. Dia sedang belajar di dalam kelas. Guru meminta para siswa untuk menulis tetapi Jimmy tidak melakukannya.
Guru mendekati Jimmy. Dia ingin tahu mengapa Jimmy tidak menulis sedikitpun pada bukunya. Jadi guru itu bertanya: “Jimmy, mengapa kamu tidak menulis?” Jimmy hanya menjawab pendek: “Saya tidak memiliki pensil” Menanggapi jawaban Jimmy itu, guru itu berkata: “Jimmy, itu bukan kalimat yang benar. Lalu ia melanjutkan menjelaskan. Cara yang benar adalah: “Saya tidak punya pensil, ia tidak memiliki pensil, kita tidak memiliki pensil “.
Mendengar penjelasan guru begitu, Jimmy bertanya: “Siapa yang mencuri semua pensil itu?”
Well, have you got the point? Why this short paragraphs are labelled as spoof text, NOT narrative, recount, or news item? Let’s make it clear. The best way to identify whether the text is a spoof or not is by analyzing the structure. We have known that any spoof text should be organized in orientation, events, and twist. Let’s apply that classic theory!
Orientation: It is clear that in the first paragraphs, the participants are Jimmy and a teacher
Events: From the second paragraph, we see the first event happened after the teacher see that Jimmy did not write, asking a question. The second event is explaining about the correct sentences
Twist: The last paragraph says it clearly. Any of you thought before that Jimmy would comment like that? The way Jimmy reacted to the teacher’s explanation is really unpredictable.
That’s all about spoof text in this post. If you need more samples, see the previous posts under category of spoof text.