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Old 12-02-2018, 06:49 AM
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shaggy-dog story
/ˌSHaɡēˈdɡ ˈstrē/
phrase of shaggy
  1. a long, rambling story or joke, typically one that is amusing only because it is absurdly inconsequential or pointless.

    In its original sense, a shaggy dog story or yarn is an extremely long-winded anecdote characterized by extensive narration of typically irrelevant incidents and terminated by an anticlimax or a pointless punchline. Shaggy dog stories play upon the audience's preconceptions of joke-telling