Q: What’s the difference between bird flu and swine flu?

Q: What’s the difference between bird flu and swine flu?
A: If you have bird flu, you need tweetment. If you have swine flu, you need oinkment.

This is a joke with an example of onomatopoeia in it, and the majority of the humor comes from that.

The jokester here replaces the word treatment with tweetment because a bird says tweet, and ointment is rendered oinkment through the same process.

There really is such a thing as bird flu and swine flu, however, the unlikeliness of two words being able to be formed that match the noises and are both related to medical interventions is also sort of impressive. I can only think of one other medical word that ends with "ment", and which also is medical, and that is liniment.


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