Archive for the ‘Puns’ Category

Ten-foot …

May 19, 2015

Today’s Mother Goose and Grimm:

A pun — a phonologically perfect pun on pole / Pole — that works here only because the text in the strip is all uppercase, so that the orthographic distinction between the two items vanishes.

A blogging puzzle

April 27, 2015

Recently I got a comment on a posting of a Bizarro cartoon (“Dinosaur connoisseur”), wondering why I hadn’t commented on the space alien and the stick of dynamite in it, and I explained — as I had a number of times before, to other readers of this blog — that this was just one of cartoonist Don Piraro’s things, a little game he plays with his readers: some number of “secret symbols” are salted in almost all his cartoons (they have nothing to do with the actual content of the cartoon), and then their number is noted in the cartoon, just above Piraro’s signature.

Here’s a recent Bizarro with a pun on boot, with two secret symbols:

The eyeball and the piece of pie. The symbols are listed here.

Now the question is: How can I provide this information to my readers?


Jim Dultz

April 21, 2015

A cartoonist, with this cartoon in the May issue of Funny Times:


This works pretty well as a pun in print — Oedipus Rex / Oedipus Rx — with the mother theme and the prescription theme combined. Apparently there are people who treat the abbreviation Rx as an initialism /ar ɛks/, a noun meaning ‘prescription’ (“an Rx for Viagra”), and for them Oedipus Rx works as a (moderately distant) pun in pronunciation as well.

Now: more on this, a note on the cartoonist, and a couple more punning cartoons from him.


Sunday Pun

April 12, 2015

Today’s Bizarro, with an outrageous play on The Mummy’s Curse (the movie):



John Bell

March 28, 2015

From Facebook friends, this John Bell cartoon:


A wonderful double pun, on stroke (‘brushstroke’ or ‘cerebrovascular accident’) and brush (‘implement for painting etc.’ or ‘light and fleeting touch’).


Keister Island

March 16, 2015

In the 3/16 New Yorker, this cartoon by Jack Ziegler:


Giant buttocks instead of giant heads. And the outrageous pun keister on the rhyming Easter.


Today’s artistic pun

March 13, 2015

Today’s Rhymes With Orange:


The Thinker meets the Tinkertoy.


Valentine moose-knuckle

February 14, 2015

(Not much about language)

From Channel 1 Releasing, an ad for a Valentine Day’s special of porn:

Puns are a standard feature of Valentine Day’s greetings: here heart-on (referring to the heart-covered briefs) and hard-on (referring to their contents), differing in stop voicing.

Groundhog consequences

February 5, 2015

On George Takei’s Facebook page, this (unattributed) composition: Phil did in fact predict six more weeks of winter this year. Takei’s comment, functioning as a caption: “He had his Phil.” The idiom one’s fill and/or a reference to the groundhog Punxsatawney Phil. Groan. (more…)

Captain Rehab

January 26, 2015

Found in the latest Funny Times, a Speed Bump cartoon from September 30th:

A distant pun (rehab – Ahab) that works only if you recognize both pieces of background: the story of Melville’s Moby-Dick and the conventions of talk therapy.


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