what's the point of this joke:

max: I like your nurse's uniform, guy.

dr.: These are O.R. scrubs.

max: "O.R." they?

from rushmore movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMd2gB9L8So

trying translate this to russian but i'm stuck

  • It's sort of a pun. You'd expect someone to say "Are they?", but instead he's using the acronym. Jun 29, 2016 at 10:06
  • jokes tend not to translate to Russian very well
    – JMP
    Jun 29, 2016 at 10:11
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    It doesn't even translate into British English very well! I had no idea what "O.R." means (before I read @nj3ma's answer).
    – TrevorD
    Jun 29, 2016 at 11:09
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    In the context of the movie, the pun isn't supposed to be very funny. The character is being obnoxious and rude (though that part is funny).
    – Brian
    Jun 29, 2016 at 12:07
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    Yeah, there is no point, really, other than to have the guy act like a jerk. (The final line is "Oh, are they?")
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 29, 2016 at 12:17

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The O.R is the operating room here. The joke is a pun on the O.R. O.R sounds like "oh, are".


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