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Entry from October 22, 2019
“Do you know why it’s called hummus?"/"Because it doesn’t know the words.”

"Hummus” can sound like the words “hum us,” so there are jokes. “Dad: Hey April do you like hummus? Me: Yes I do. Dad: That’s because you don’t know the words!” was posted on Twitter by AW on January 12, 2010. “I’m eating hummus only because I don’t know the words” was posted on Twitter by Stephen Rafferty on March 25, 2011.

“Do you know why they call it hummus?......because it doesn’t know the words!” was posted on Twitter by Caroline Thompson on July 20, 2016. “Do you know why it’s called, hummus? Because it doesn’t know the words” was posted on Reddit—3amjokes on October 22, 2019.


Wikipedia: Hummus
Hummus (/ˈhʊməs/, /ˈhʌməs/; Arabic: حُمُّص‎, ‘chickpeas’; full Arabic name: ḥummuṣ bi-ṭaḥini Arabic: حمص بالطحينة‎, ‘chickpeas in tahini’wink is a Levantine dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. It is popular in the Middle East and Mediterranean, as well as in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe. It can also be found in most grocery stores in North America and Europe.

Twitter
AW
@HaloNReverse
Dad: Hey April do you like hummus? Me: Yes I do. Dad: That’s because you don’t know the words! :/ haha wtf?
7:39 PM · Jan 12, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
😺Untitled Goose-Steph🐱 🌭🥨🍎🍁🍂🍃🎃
@Graypets
@ClipWriteSnap You know it’s called “hummus” because it doesn’t know the words, right?  Okay, that was bad.  Sorry. grin
7:49 PM · Jun 16, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Stephen Rafferty
@srafferty73
I’m eating hummus only because I don’t know the words.
10:33 AM · Mar 25, 2011·Plume for Android

Twitter
Russ Egan
@RussEgan
People eat hummus because they don’t know the words.
1:08 AM · Dec 16, 2011·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Gastown Gordon
@GJohnstone2
I only have hummus when I don’t know the words.
5:21 PM · May 24, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
iSayStuff
@iSayStuff1
They called it hummus, because they didn’t know the words.
9:00 AM · Oct 24, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Clayton Hove
@adtothebone
I eat hummus when I don’t know the words.
7:06 PM · Apr 5, 2015·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
RayHasWordz
@rarocha1
I just asked my wife why she was eating hummus.  She said it was because she didn’t know the words.
1:44 PM · Sep 7, 2015·Twitter for iPad

Twitter
Greggarious1 Atlanta
@Greggarious1
? @MaraDavis Why do they call it #Hummus ? Because it doesn’t know the words 😜
@cwwhoseline #RyanStiles #WhoseLine
9:45 PM · Jun 13, 2016 from Georgia, USA·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Caroline Thompson
@sweetcarolinevt
“Do you know why they call it hummus?......because it doesn’t know the words!”
9:59 PM · Jul 20, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Hayes Norris
@Hayes_1971
Replying to @NikkiGlaser
I usually hummus because I don’t know the words.
7:55 PM · Nov 25, 2016·Twitter Web Client

Bull City Mom
If you don’t know the words, hummus along
JANUARY 16, 2017 / MOMSEQUITUR
All in all, it was your basic, normal family day at the mall.

Google Books
The Jokiest Joking Knock-Knock Joke Book Ever Written...No Joke!:
1,001 Brand-New Knee-Slappers That Will Keep You Laughing Out Loud

By Brian Boone
New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press
2018
Pg. 167:
Knock knock! Who’s there?
Hummus. Hummus who?
Hummus a tune if you don’t know the words.

Twitter
Kyle Jordan
@MrPhish0013
do you know why they call it hummus?
because it doesn’t know the words
*slaps knee*
8:26 AM · Jul 8, 2019·Facebook

Reddit—3amjokes
Posted by u/Sbatio October 22, 2019
Do you know why it’s called, hummus?
Because it doesn’t know the words.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 • Permalink