A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 02, 2016
“What do you call a teacher who doesn’t fart in public?"/"A private tooter.”

There’s a joke about private tutors:

Q: What do you call a teacher who doesn’t fart in public?
A: A private tootor.


The pun began as a musical joke. “WHEN is an educational instructor like an amateur flute player?—When he’s a private tooter“ was cited in a humor magazine from 1870.

“What do you call a guy who never farts in public? A private tooter” was in a 2003 joke book. “What do you call a teacher who only farts at home? (A private tooter)” was cited on Twitter on May 26, 2009.

“What do you call a temporary teacher fart?"/"A substitoot” is a related joke.


Google Books
2 March 1870, Judy, or the London Serio-comic Journal, pg. 181, col. 2:
WHEN is an educational instructor like an amateur flute player?—When he’s a private tooter.

Chronicling America
28 November 1878, Mexico (MO) Weekly Ledger, “Wit and Humor,” pg. 4, col. 2:
A private tooter: A recruit who plays the trombone.
(Reprinted from the Chicago Daily Tribune of November 10, 1878.—ed.)

Google Groups: rec.audio.pro
The Unspoken
Dave Martin
4/3/00
(...)
So instead of farting in public, you’re a ‘private tooter’?

Google Books
A Prairie Home Companion
Pretty Good Joke Book

By Brian Becker
Minneapolis, MN: HighBridge
2003
Pg. 65:
What do you call a guy who never farts in public?
A private tooter.

Twitter
Agile Cruz
‏@agilecruz
What do you call a person who never farts in public?  ..........a private tooter. .....Come on!  That’s funny!  I don’t care who you are…
8:32 PM - 5 Dec 2008

Twitter
Slade
‏@OldManSlade
@ddlovato What do you call a teacher who only farts at home?  (A private tooter)
9:42 PM - 26 May 2009

Twitter
Vikki
‏@vikkiz0rz
What do you call a teacher who never passes gas in public? A private tooter! HAHAHAHA oh man
12:58 PM - 30 Jun 2009

Twitter
Victoria Carlson
‏@VmCarlson7
#Joke of the day: “What do you call a teacher who doesn’t fart in public?” Answer: “A private tooter” smile
12:16 PM - 29 Jan 2012

reddit
What do you call a teacher that doesn’t fart in public? (self.Jokes)
submitted October 14, 2015 by KentieBoy
A private tooter

reddit
What do you call a teacher that doesn’t fart in public? (self.Jokes)
submitted February 26, 2016 by atodaso
a private tooter.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Wednesday, March 02, 2016 • Permalink