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Entry from February 21, 2020
“If oranges could talk, what language would they speak?"/"Mandarin.”

A mandarin orange doesn’t speak Mandarin, but there are jokes. “In a Rosetta Stone commercial, a lady claims to know Mandarin. I had no idea oranges could speak! And with such zest. That’s appealing” was posted on Twitter by Michael Stowe on February 2, 2011. “What language do Oranges speak? Mandarin!!!” was posted on Twitter by chris on March 20, 2011.

“I wish I could speak mandarin. Then I could talk to oranges” was posted on Twitter by Really High Guy on October 3, 2012. “I wish I could speak mandarin. Then I could talk to oranges” was posted on Twitter by Way Too High Guy on March 20, 2013.

“If oranges could talk, what language would they speak? Mandarin” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on February 21, 2020.


Wikipedia: Mandarin orange
The mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata), also known as the mandarin or mandarine, is a small citrus tree with fruit resembling other oranges, usually eaten plain or in fruit salads. The tangerine is a group of orange-colored citrus fruit consisting of hybrids of mandarin orange.

Wikipedia: Mandarin Chinese
Mandarin (/ˈmændərɪn/; simplified Chinese: 官话; traditional Chinese: 官話; pinyin: Guānhuà; literally: ‘speech of officials’ ) is a group of related Sinitic languages spoken across most of northern and southwestern China. The group includes the Beijing dialect, the basis of Standard Chinese or Standard Mandarin. Because Mandarin originated in North China and most Mandarin dialects are found in the north, the group is sometimes referred to as the Northern dialects (北方话; běifānghuà). Many local Mandarin varieties are not mutually intelligible. Nevertheless, Mandarin is often placed first in lists of languages by number of native speakers (with nearly a billion).

Twitter
Michael Stowe
@michaelstowe
In a Rosetta Stone commercial, a lady claims to know Mandarin. I had no idea oranges could speak! And with such zest. That’s appealing.
4:55 PM · Feb 2, 2011·Twitter for Android

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chris
@wowochris
says : What language do Oranges speak?
Mandarin!!! :D [Vince is so lame xD]
8:12 AM · Mar 20, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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Bensons the Juicers
@BensonsFruity
What language does an #orange speak?..... #mandarin ! Thank you to lilzzz for that gr8 fruit joke *groans*
2:52 AM · Jun 27, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

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Active Wandsworth
@activewands
Just bumped into a guy who speaks Mandarin.... Didn’t know oranges could talk #LYG
10:01 AM · Jul 2, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

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Paddy Sheridan
@dashez_crazy
What language do Oranges speak? - Mandarin
9:11 AM · Jul 29, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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amy
@amy_asdfghjkl
“What language is like an orange?” “Mandarin?”
4:58 PM · Sep 3, 2011·Twitter for BlackBerry®

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Really High Guy
@ReallyHighGuyyy
I wish I could speak mandarin. Then I could talk to oranges.
2:09 AM · Oct 3, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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Way Too High Guy
@WaytoHighGuyy
I wish I could speak mandarin. Then I could talk to oranges.
5:58 PM · Nov 1, 2012·TweetDeck

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Way Too High Guy
@WaytoHighGuyy
I wish I could speak mandarin. Then I could talk to oranges.
12:38 PM · Mar 20, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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Kinz
@kinzieadelee
If mandarin oranges could speak, would they talk in Mandarin Chinese?
9:51 AM · Apr 26, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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My Daily Thought™
@WeDailyThought
I wish I could speak mandarin. Then I could talk to oranges.
7:31 PM · Nov 26, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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steve mieczkowski
@IGotsSmarts
You speak Mandarin? I didn’t even know oranges could talk.
3:08 AM · Mar 18, 2014·Tweetbot for iOS

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Mark Fontes
@Mark_Fontes
If oranges could talk I bet they’d speak Mandarin. 
@antijokeapple
7:30 AM · Jul 3, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/[deleted] January 10, 2016
What language do Oranges speak?
Mandarin

Google Books
The Jolly Jungle Joke Book
By Sean Connolly
London, UK: Arcturus Publishing
2019
Pg. ?:
What language do oranges speak?
Mandarin.

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/eidolonxero February 21, 2020
If oranges could talk, what language would they speak?
Mandarin.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, February 21, 2020 • Permalink