for example, while walking with emily and jenna in the east village last summer, we passed a pet store with little puppies in the window. and jenna said "look! doggies in the window!" to which i then replied, "how much?" (referring to the children's song). to my complete surprise, no one laughed. so i repeated myself; retelling what had just happened thirty seconds before. and they said that they heard. they got it. it just wasn't funny.
i still think it is!