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I know that it is very important to be aware of "hidden meanings" of words and phrases. (Especially if the meaning is sexual.) That is why I love Stephen Colbert's "The Word" segments and usually spend some time to "decipher" all the puns

But I am really stuck with the recent one. Particularly I cannot understand the "After all 7 8 9" line here. From the reaction of the audience I can tell that it is something pretty funny. And from the context I feel that it is something pretty dirty...

I really don't want to be misunderstood by saying bunch of numbers. So can someone explain what is going on here, so I can avoid that?

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Thanks for the link. I just listened, and found it hilarious. In fact, I ate it up. By the way, are you living in Missouri? Because, if you are, I'm not sure if I'm allowed to explain homophones... – J.R. May 2 '12 at 10:05
Absolutely. As our schools have proven increasingly unable to teach students math, science, and history, they have to find a new role to justify their continued existence. And now they have: tellling young people the correct opinion to have on controversial social and political subjects. – Jay May 2 '12 at 13:49
@J.R - why, are they homophonobic ? – mgb May 2 '12 at 16:24
To illustrate this joke, here's a link to ReBoot CG animated series wiki with said joke played by digits (characters) in one of the episodes. – user1306322 Feb 19 '14 at 8:33
up vote 13 down vote accepted

read it as

Seven ate Nine


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So that's why six is afraid of seven! – David Schwartz May 2 '12 at 10:28
I must say that after watching the clip and reading the comments on this question. I can't stop laughing :) It's amazing what people in office are dealing with. – joola May 2 '12 at 10:30
Thanks. That was far from obvious... – Kostya May 3 '12 at 12:37
@Kostya -- I don't know. My six-year-old thought it was obvious. And hilarious. – Malvolio May 9 '12 at 0:13

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