In Frankie and Johnny, Frankie says:

Aspiration? Have you been shaving again?

What's funny about this line?

  • I haven't seen it but: Aspiration means two different things. "Hope or ambition of achieving something" and "To breathe".
    – Ben Plont
    Nov 17, 2014 at 1:06

1 Answer 1


Earlier, in the kitchen discussing "empathy", Johnny said, "You see, every day when I'm shaving, I look up a new word."

This is a reference back to that scene. The joke is that "Have you been shaving again?" was a substitute for "Are you using the word 'aspiration' / having 'aspirations' because you just looked it up in a dictionary?" and the implications of that. The remark was meant to be facetious.

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