Archive for the ‘Puns’ 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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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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Three Thursday cartoons

January 28, 2016

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

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Viking Kids

January 18, 2016

Posted on Facebook yesterday, this entertaining composition:

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The caption combines two kinds of word play on the original It takes a village to raise a child: a word exchange, of village and child; and a pun on raise / raze. And it alludes to the reputation of the Vikings as ravaging and pillaging as they move across the countryside.

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Bizarro groaner

January 7, 2016

Today’s Bizarro, with a major pun:

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

Groan: analogyan allergy. Fairly distant pun for rhotic (r-ful) speakers like me, potentially perfect pun for non-rhotic (r-less) speakers in connected speech (where the indefinite article an is part of a phonological word with allergy, so that the [n] moves from a coda to an onset; then things depend on the vowels in the –ogy part of analogy and the –ergy part of allergy).

The New Year’s resolution

January 6, 2016

Two days ago I posted a Mother Goose and Grimm strip on New Year’s resolution (#1 there, with the character Ralph confusing resolution and revolution). Now comes a Eugene Chan cartoon with a musical pun on resolution:

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It resolves to a G minor triad.

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Musical Star Wars puns

December 28, 2015

As the new Star Wars movie (The Force Awakens) takes the world by storm, some Facebook friends have posted this display of four groanworthy illustrations of characters from the movies playing in the Star Wars orchestra:

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The sounds don’t quite match

December 26, 2015

Two Christmas cartoons involving puns — one very close, one pretty distant. A Scott Metzger cartoon (which came to me through the Tysonism page on Facebook) and the Mother Goose and Grimm of 12/20/11 (which came to me though the King Features site):

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Bundling and the penile raphe

December 22, 2015

(There’s actually some language stuff here.)

Over on AZBlog X there’s a posting “Bundles of love”, about an ad for a holiday sale at the gay porn studio C1R. The sale offers bundles of C1R flicks, each with three or four DVDs on a theme, and the model in the ad is bundled in a scarf, against the winter weather, so there’s a little play on bundling here — but, well, the model is totally naked except for that scarf. The photo is really about his handsome face, his fit body, and of course its centerpiece, his weighty and desirable cock, which happens to have a prominent penile raphe (/réfì/), the ridge that runs up the underside of the penis and (in many men) is somewhat sensitive to stimulation, in a way that the rest of the shaft is not; just under the glans, the raphe is extraordinary sensitive, the source of much of the pleasure men get from their penis in sex.

The AZBlog posting also has a little story about how the penile raphe is metaphorically connected to plate tectonics.

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