Archive for the ‘Puns’ Category

The unflappable waitress

July 23, 2015

Today’s Bizarro:

Hun / hon.

The informal clipped form hon (for honey) as a term of address is stereotypically used, along with other pet names like the full honey, sweetie, dear(ie), and doll, by waitresses to their customers, in addition to the use of these as terms of endearment to genuine intimates. Many customers find the usage disrespectful and insulting, expressing intimacy in a situation where they see that deference to authority is called for.

(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Don Piraro says there are 4 in this strip — see this Page.)

Setting up a pun

July 20, 2015

Today’s One Big Happy, with a setup for a pun on the idiom level playing field:

Hard to believe that Ruthie would have come to this on her own; she’s just serving as a channel for the cartoonist’s language play.


July 15, 2015

Passed on to me by Steve Wechsler under the punning title above, this work by conceptual artist Terry Adkins:


(from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where its title is “Native Son”).



July 10, 2015

Today’s Mother Goose and Grimm:

A straightforward pun on erectile dysfunction, with /p/ for /k/ (the two stops are articulatorily distant but acoustically very similar; they function together in half-rhymes and mishearings as well as in imperfect puns like this one).


Which witch?

July 9, 2015

Today’s Bizarro:

Two phonological issues here: the initial consonants in witch and which, which are identical for the bulk of current English speakers (as a voiced approximant [w]), but are distinguished (as voiced [w] vs. the corresponding voiceless [ʍ]) for some; and the prosody associated with the questions

(a) Witch one stole your broom?  VS.  (b) Which one stole your broom?


The stray bar

July 1, 2015

A cartoon by Dan Reynolds:


A cute pun on gay bar, plugged into the “I didn’t realize this was a gay bar” meme.


Jeffrey Brown

June 29, 2015

On cartoonist Jeffrey Brown and his charming Darth Vader books.



An ebook

June 28, 2015

A cute pun and, with it, a use of the symbol @ in advertising:

A book in the shape of the letter E, not an electronic book (eBook, e-Book, e-book, ebook). Plus the attention-grabbing L@@K, now used on websites offering things for sale or rental (eBay especially, but also Craigslist, home rental sites, etc.).

(The image came to me from Michael Palmer, who got it on Steven Gatke’s Facebook page. I couldn’t trace it back from there — but Gatke has lots of stuff about books and bookbinding.)


June 27, 2015

Today’s Rhymes With Orange:

A subtle pun on bait — understood literally, as in bait for fish, or understood figuratively, as an enticement (in this case to click on a link).


Gay Pride

June 27, 2015

Passed on to me by Paul Foster from a Facebook source:

Rather more adult males than you’d expect in a pride of lions — but then these are gay lions, so they bond with pleasure.


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