Table of Contents
What is a Spoof Text?
Social Function of Spoof Text?
Language Feature of Spoof text?
Generic Structure of Spoof Text?
What is a Spoof Text?
Spoof text is a text which tells factual story, happened in the
past time with unpredictable and funny ending.
Mentioned in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
Online, there are two meanings spoof. First, as a noun, meaning,
"a funny and silly piece of writing, music, theater, etc. that
copies the style of an original work". Being second, spoof as a
verb, meaning, "to try to the make someone believe in
something that is not true, as a joke.“
Based on two meanings above, it can be concluded that the
definition of spoof text is a text that contains humor, although
most of the text has been modified from the original.
Social Function of Spoof Text?
Social function of spoof text is to tell an event which the
ending is funny (twist) to amuse the audience or
readers (has entertaining values).
Language Feature of Spoof
0 Focusing on people, animals or certain things
Spoof text is usually focused on humans, animals and
other living things. But keep in mind, when we want
to use the animals as actors in a spoof text, we are
not allowed to make the story as if it happened in the
animal world. It aims to minimize the ambiguity
between spoof text and fable.
0 Using action verb
0 Using past tense
0 Using adverb of time and place
Using the adverbial of time and place is used to
confirm the time and place where the information is
Ex : yesterday, tommorow, above the depths, etc.
0 Told in chronological order
The reader or listener must be introduced to the
details of all events in chronological to avoid disorder
Generic Structure of Spoof
Introduction of the participant of the story, where it
happen and when. By giving the orientation, reader will
recognize the story.
Tells about the chronological of the story. Several
reasonable events are explored in chronological way
which able to arrange the story read nicely.
An unpredictable plot in the end of the story which amuse
the reader. Readers even did not predict before that it
Penguin in the Park
Once a man was walking in a park when he come across a penguin.
He took him to a policeman and said, "I have just found this penguin. What should I do?"
The policeman replied, “Take him to the zoo". The next day, the policeman saw the same
man in the same park and the man still carrying the penguin with him. The policeman
was rather suprised and walked up to the man and asked, “Why are you still carrying that
penguin about? Didn't you take it to the zoo?"
"I certainly did," replied the man. "And it was a great idea because he really enjoyed it, so
today I am taking him to the moviest, and the next day I'll take it to the beach. It'll be so
much fun," said the man. "Oh my God. You are so stupid. I asked you to take the penguin
and give it to the zoo. I didn't ask to take it to the zoo and had fun there with it." the
I wanna be a Pilot
One day, a cleaning service in an airplane was clean the floor of airplane. When he worked, he
imagined himself to be a pilot. Then, he decided to take a rest in a few minutes and thought about his
dream to be a pilot. After that, he saw a stewardess back to the airplane to took her bag and brought
some book. She looked very hurried until she was not conscious that one of the book was fell. After the
stewardess leaved the airplane, the cleaning service took the book and read the book.
“How to drive the airplane. Wow, amazing! With this book, my dreams will become true!” said
the boy while read the title of the book. As soon as possible, he went to airplane cockpit. Then, he open
the book. In the first page, he read “press the green button to fly the airplane”. Then, he was
immediately pressed the green button and suddenly he was surprised that the
plane flew slowly. He screamed loudly. Now, he has to be at a height of 20 feet. Then, he opens the
second page. there is written "to keep the airplane is at a higher altitude, you have to press the yellow
button" and he was pressing the yellow button, the plane was flying very high. After the cleaning
service feels that height was enough, he didn’t want to fly higher. Then, he opens the next page, there is
written "to rebuild the airplane remain at a certain height, press the blue button" he was pressing
the blue button. After that, he closed the book and put beside him and said “My dreams can become
true right now, it is time I travelled the world with this plane.“
Three hours later, he was bored and wanted to get back to the airport to land the plane.
Quickly, he took and opened the last page of the book to find ways to land the plane. He was
shocked after reading the last page, there is written "to land the plane, you can learning in the
handbook part II, that is easy to get at nearby stores. Thank you”.
There was a man who liked money very much. He worked all of his life and wanted
to save all of his money for his own future. He loved money more than just about
Even, just before he died, he said to his wife, "Now listen, when I die, I want you to
take all my money and place it in the casket with me. I wanna take my money to the
afterlife." So, he asked his wife to promise him with all her heart.
Well, one day, he really died. Then, he was stretched out in the casket. The wife was
sitting there in black clothes next to her closest friend. When they finished the ceremony,
just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said "Wait just a
minute!“ She had a box in her hands. She came over with the box and placed it in the
casket. After that the undertakers locked the casket down and rolled it away. Not long
after that, her friend said, "I hope you were not crazy enough to put all that money in the
casket.“ The wife turned to her friend and replied, "Yes, because I have promised." Then,
she continued, "I can't lie. I promised him that I was going to put that money in that
casket with him." Feeling shocked, her friend said, "You mean that you have put every cent
of his money in the casket with him?" Then the wife answered, "Surely I did. I got it all
together, put all the money into my account and I just wrote him a check."
Call me Giant
One day, Mia went to the internet café. She intends to open a Facebook because she did not have
long chats. Yet a minute when she began chatting, she suddenly got a message from a friend the man
“Hi… How are you?" said the message.
Mia looks happy because he was using the English language.
"I'm fine. Who are you?" reply Mia.
"I'm Giant. " replied the man.
Mia getting excited because Giant name is usually used by the west. Mia thought that his
friend was an outsider. He was happy because she had long wanted to meet at the same time have
a boyfriend outside.
"I'm Mia. You must be fat?" Mia asked.
"Not. I'm mediocre, "said Giant.
"The proof's your name Giant, Giant's meaning fat.”
"Not. Giant was just my nickname, my friends usually call me like that.”
"Me, too. Mia is my nickname."
"So, what’s your complete name?" ask Giant.
"Sumiati. And you?”
A second later, they simultaneously directly log out from chat.
Interestingly, spoof text has focused in the
aesthetics of interaction, lighter and more entertaining.
Entertaining values in the spoof text summarized in
unexpected paragraph, usually located at the end of the
text, in the form of anomalous language which is never
heard a listener or maybe just a simple joke on tickling
matters around the reader.
The thing to note that a spoof is successful, when
the storyteller can make the audience laugh. Therefore,
spoof is not intended to a group with different language
Fluffy Bunny Rabbit
After a long day at the office, Chris came home one day and found his dog with the
neighbour’s pet rabbit in his mouth. The rabbit was obviously dead. Chris panicked!
“If my neighbours find out my dog killed their bunny, they’ll hate me forever,” he
thought. So he took the dirty, chewed up rabbit into the house, gave it a bath and blowdried its fur. Chris knew his neighbours kept their backdoor open during the summer, so
he sneaked inside and put the bunny back into the cage, hoping his neighbours would
think it died of natural causes.
A couple of days later Chris and his neighbour saw each other outside.
“Did you hear that Fluffy die?” the neighbour asked.
“Oh. Uhmm... Sorry to hear that. What happened?” Chris mumbled.
The neighbor replied, “We just found him dead in his cage one day. But the strange thing
is that the day after we buried him, we went out to dinner and someone must have dug
him up, gave him a bath and put him back into the cage!”
What does the story tell us?
a. A rabbit and a dog
b. A boy who petted a rabbit
c. Neighbourhood in America
d. A boy who tried to maintain
e. A boy who was angry with his
neighbours because their dog
killed his rabbit.
What was his dog doing when
Chris found it?
a. The dog was barking at a thief
b. The dog was digging the
c. The dog was eating the rabbit
d. The dog was killing the rabbit
e. The dog was carrying a dead
rabbit in its mouth
What did Chris think of his
a. It was alive
b. It was killed by his dog
c. It was funny
d. It was stinky because it was
e. He was upset because his
neighbor did not bury it
How did Chris cover up the death of
a. By cleaning it and then putting it
in his neighbour’s house
b. By burrying it in the backyard
c. By throwing it into his neighbour’s
d. By bathing it and then burying it
e. By replacing it with his own rabbit
How did Chris get into his
a. Breaking the side window of the
b. Breaking the front door of the
c. Sneaking through the backdoor
d. Using the key hidden below the
e. Passing the front gate of the house
What actually happened to the
a. The dog ate the rabbit
b. The dog found it died
c. Chris unconsciously killed it
d. Chris’s neighbour killed it and
buried it before the dog found it
e. It died and buried in the backyard
before the dog dug it out
“If my neighbours find out my dog
killed their bunny, they’ll hate me
forever” (part 2). The sentence
a. Chris wanted his neighbour to
know that his dog killed the rabbit
b. Chris worried if his neighbour was
angry with him
c. Chris hated his neighbour so that
he killed the rabbit
d. Chris let his dog eat the rabbit
e. Chris was happy because his dog
could kill the rabbit
The word ‘him’ in line 13 refers to ….
a. The dog
c. The rabbit
d. Chris’s neighbour
e. Chris’s rabbit