Archive for the ‘Language play’ Category

Calling shogun

February 13, 2016

Today’s Bizarro comes with a fairly distant pun (which is better in print than in pronunciation):

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(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 3 in this strip — see this Page.)

It all turns on shogunshotgun, and that’s entertaining, but once again I’m interested in what you have to know to understand the cartoon and see why it’s funny.

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Word play for the weekend

February 13, 2016

Two recent items with word play in them: a Channel 1 Releasing (C1R) ad for a Valentine’s Day sale on gay porn with a groaner pun (gay porn ads are given to all kinds of language play); and yesterday’s Mother Goose and Grimm cartoon, turning on an ambiguity between literal and metaphorical uses of the word balloon.

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Underwear Sex

February 10, 2016

(The usual warning: not for kids or the sexually modest)

Two recent ads from Daily Jocks, both with double entendres (for Teamm8, in the header for the ad; for C-IN2, in the body of the ad), which I have of course expanded on in my captions.

Come Down Under

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Sex in shorts

They exhorted him to
Come Down Under, so he
Came in his shorts, right there in
Public, and it felt fan-bloody-
Fuckin’-tastic, but it was
Damn messy, and he got a lot of
Dirty looks.

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Hard time

Nasty boys, committed to
Underwear Jail, where you
Fought hard in the yard, no hands on
Dicks allowed, until one of you
Came – White always came
Rabbit-quick, so aroused by Black’s
Body, the smell of his
Sweat, knowing that Black would soon
Fuck him delirious.

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Mardi Bras (and Boxers)

February 8, 2016

Today is Lunar New Year — and tomorrow is the religious holiday Shrove Tuesday, widely known in the U.S. (not just in New Orleans) as Mardi Gras ‘fat Tuesday’ (for the consumption of rich and fatty foods, before Ash Wednesday inaugurates Lent, a period of fasting and prayer) and a number of other names (more below). The name Mardi Gras has now been fixed on by a number of charitable organzations as the basis for the punning name Mardi Bras or Mardi Bras and Boxers (using the name of the women’s undergarment, the bra), money-raising events of many kinds held on Mardi Gras. Here’s an announcement for one in McKinney TX:

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The Super Bowl looms

February 6, 2016

(There’s linguistic content here, but also considerable discussion of men’s bodies and man-man sexual acts, so this is not for kids or the sexually modest. For the rest of you, the man-man stuff includes some pretty extreme practices — not illustrated, but nevertheless described, and some will find this material distressing, though there’s not a whole lot of it. Just a warning.)

On Super Bowl 50, a gay gangbang, language play in porn, and the careening career of gay pornstar Dayton O’Connor, all of this inspired by an ad today under the header “C1R Locker Room Super Bowl Pass”, with two stills from the Channel 1 Releasing gay porn flick Gridiron Gang Bang: a locker room scene and a rear shot of Dylan O’Connor in football gear. The logo for the game:

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And DO on display:

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Be like Schwa

February 1, 2016

From Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky, who got it from the All Things Linguistic site (maintained by Gretchen McCulloch, who’s appeared several times on ths blog), this punning instance of the new Be Like Bill meme:

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Only YOU

February 1, 2016

Passed around on Facebook, this entertaining combination of image and text:

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Non-Americans might not get the joke here, since the figure of Smokey might not be familiar to them: he’s very much an American thing. Even if you don’t recognize Smokey the Bear (and his signature quotation, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires”), you might recognize the central figure in the composition as a monk, or a (religious) brother, that is, a friar (NOAD2: ‘a member of any of certain religious orders of men, especially the four mendicant orders (Augustinians, Carmelites, Dominicans, and Franciscans)’), and you might notice the vase of flowers (such as you would get from a florist shop) and suspect that they weren’t in the original painting of the friar, so that you could appreciate the composition (with its “florist friars”) as playful nonsense. But the monitory Smokey is crucial for real understanding.

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Three Thursday cartoons

January 28, 2016

From today’s feed: a Zits, a Rhymes With Orange, and another rich Zippy:

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In the burlesque boat with Zippy

January 25, 2016

Today’s Zippy, continuing the cartoon’s run of burlesques:

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Yesterday it was Poe’s “The Raven”; today it’s the nursery rhyme “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”.

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Tim Lockley and Ods Bodkins

January 21, 2016

In the February Funny Times, an Ods Bodkins cartoon by Tim Lockley showing Batman at a booth with a sign offering

GUANO FOR SALE

with a rather disconcerted guy eying the sign. (I haven’t been able to find a copy of the cartoon, although I’ve found tons of other one-panel gag cartoons by Lockley, many of them playing with language (Ods Bodkins homepage here, very useful Ods Bodkins Facebook page here). I’ll post six of these below, but for the Batman cartoon — Batman definitely is a cartoon meme these days, by the way — I’ll have to rely on describing it.

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