Archive for the ‘Puns’ Category

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.


January 24, 2015

Passed on to me, this 2007 Phil Selby cartoon:


A take-off on door-to-door evangelizing, by (in particular) Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, using the pun Jesuscheeses to move things to the world of mice, who are famously fond of cheese.



January 18, 2015

Briefly noted: in the short story “I Can See Right Through You” by Kelly Link in McSweeeney’s No. 48 (2014), on p. 81:

Meggie says, “She’s a nice kid. Makes Whore-igami in her spare time and sells it on eBay.”

“She makes what?” the demon lover says.

“Whore-igami. Origami porn tableaux. Custom-order stuff.”

“Of course,” the demon lover says. “Big money in that.”

(Other occurrences as a joke about paper-folding prostitutes, on various sites. As far as I can tell, there are as yet no commercial products.)

A pun on origami, or a portmanteau of whore and origami, or of course both.


January 15, 2015

Today’s One Big Happy commits a pun:

Wrapping gifts, rapping on gifts. Well, rapping on gift wrapping. Ouch.

The French pastry revolution

January 15, 2015

Yesterday it was the noirwhal; today on Rhymes With Orange, it’s the French pastry revolution:

A complex tissue of puns, portmanteaus, and cultural allusions.


The noirwhal

January 15, 2015

Wednesday’s Rhymes With Orange, with a portmanteau/pun:

(Film) noir and narwhal.


Weak heel

January 10, 2015

Passed on to me by Mike Pope, this cartoon with a complex pun:

The noun heel (the body part) and the verb heel — “(of a dog) follow closely behind its owner: these dogs are born with the instinctive urge to heel (NOAD2) — wrapped together with the idiom Achilles heel.


Pun pun

January 5, 2015

Passed on by Betsy Herrington and John Lawler:

A cartoon, or playful image (I’m not entirely sure how to classify some of these things), with a pun involving puns.

[Amended 1/7/15: Mary Beckman has identified the source, a TearablePuns website! In operation since 2012. People submit puns; these are posted one by one, and then in posters like the one above. The current poster collection is #4.]


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