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Ziek immediately fired back: “That was a measle-y pun.” Not only was he confident, with a malleable voice that was equal parts game show host and morning-radio DJ, but his jokes were seemingly fully formed. Worse, he was nimble enough to turn your own pun against you. “Well, I had a croup-on for it,” I responded. Whoa. Where’d that come from? (previously)

ReflexLOLogy: Inside the Groan-Inducing World of Pun Competitions -- Peter Rubin, Wired posted by Room 641-A (40 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
 
This will not wendell.
posted by Melismata at 8:08 AM on March 7, 2017 [3 favorites]


Just to nip this in the bud because I know it will come up in this thread: Puns are good, not bad.
posted by bondcliff at 8:09 AM on March 7, 2017 [7 favorites]


In Defense of Puns
posted by Etrigan at 8:14 AM on March 7, 2017


Punsters, there's a fresh opportune-ity for you over on the Green: Orchestra Nerds Need Help with Dumb Puns
posted by MonkeyToes at 8:20 AM on March 7, 2017 [2 favorites]


That said, the pun-off opening jaundice/john-diss was, well, very weak, like watered down for a 3yr old's consumption dad-joke weak.

It's not the strength of the pun, but how long you can keep it up with snappy replies..
posted by k5.user at 8:23 AM on March 7, 2017


That said, the pun-off opening jaundice/john-diss was, well, very weak, like watered down for a 3yr old's consumption dad-joke weak.

It's not the strength of the pun, but how long you can keep it up with snappy replies.


Send 'em on a vaca-shun to a retort town.
posted by touchstone033 at 8:26 AM on March 7, 2017


Listen, puns are great, but repetition can become grating. You can't keep shredding the same hot licks and expect your audience to stay entertained. So sometimes you need to throw a curve ball instead of serving up the same sharp cheddar.

Here's an example of a pun curve:

A few days ago I sat my 1 y.o. kid on the ground and put her teddy bear on the couch to encourage her to stand to get it. She starts to whine so I turn to my wife and say "Oh man, she must find this whole situation...

<_<...

intolerable".
posted by Groundhog Week at 8:31 AM on March 7, 2017 [7 favorites]


That's a punk ouvre, dude.
posted by ardgedee at 9:00 AM on March 7, 2017


I follow Keiron Gilles on Twitter, that's like having an inoculation.
posted by Artw at 9:01 AM on March 7, 2017


I'll be sure to recommend this thread to my skin specialist, Dr. Dermot O'Logical.
posted by pipeski at 9:13 AM on March 7, 2017


*paging cortex. cortex to the white courtesy phone*
posted by billiebee at 9:17 AM on March 7, 2017 [3 favorites]


I favor the death penalty for all involved
posted by jcruelty at 9:21 AM on March 7, 2017 [1 favorite]


That’s “pun-alty”
posted by Going To Maine at 9:25 AM on March 7, 2017 [6 favorites]


The style invitational and werds
posted by lalochezia at 9:30 AM on March 7, 2017


This competition looks even harder than Mike Tyson's Pun Shout.
posted by yonega at 9:55 AM on March 7, 2017 [2 favorites]


Why are these puns good and these puns bad??

I mean, "I don't punderstand this grinconsistency at loll"
posted by little onion at 9:56 AM on March 7, 2017


I follow Keiron Gilles on Twitter, that's like having an inoculation.

Same, but Adam Roberts.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:09 AM on March 7, 2017 [2 favorites]


I read that as Zizek immediately fired back: “That was a measle-y pun.”

It was the first time I found anything to like about the guy, and it lasted only the length of my second take.
posted by Beardman at 10:24 AM on March 7, 2017


Artie Chokes Three For a Dollar, The Pie Rates of Ben's Aunts, Linoleum Blown-apart, Deflator Mouse...
posted by lagomorphius at 11:15 AM on March 7, 2017


Did you see that Vin Diesel movie? It's was pretty Riddick-ulous.
posted by grubi at 11:39 AM on March 7, 2017


Puns cannot be repeated. They only work well when they are spontaneous.
posted by Burn_IT at 11:42 AM on March 7, 2017 [4 favorites]


Spuntaneous?
posted by ipsative at 11:54 AM on March 7, 2017 [1 favorite]


the place where I work has a sparkling water tap in the cafeteria and my wife was swinging by and used it, but said it wasn't bubbly enough, and I asked if she was fizzapointed, and she has not spoken to me in ten days please help
posted by Shepherd at 12:02 PM on March 7, 2017 [7 favorites]


In defense of puns, a lot of standup comedy, pornographic film titles and country music songs are built around them. The three pillars of the economy. (Don't look for a pun, it's merely absurd exaggeration.)
posted by msalt at 12:28 PM on March 7, 2017


the place where I work has a sparkling water tap in the cafeteria and my wife was swinging by and used it, but said it wasn't bubbly enough, and I asked if she was fizzapointed, and she has not spoken to me in ten days please help

Your pun was two week
posted by kurumi at 12:45 PM on March 7, 2017 [4 favorites]




Groundhog week, I do the same thing. The goal is to incept the pun in the mind of the listener without ever saying the words. It is for this reason my girlfriend and my fictitious, warring pun consultancy and branding agencies are called "pundemonium" (hers) and "Best Pun Shop" (mine). Hers does get all the work, but I can revel in the artistic integrity of mine. I like to think of it as the Stewart Lee of imaginary pun consultancies.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 1:16 PM on March 7, 2017 [2 favorites]


A few days ago I sat my 1 y.o. kid on the ground and put her teddy bear on the couch to encourage her to stand to get it. She starts to whine so I turn to my wife and say "Oh man, she must find this whole situation...

Sounds like it had her floored.
posted by Dysk at 2:10 PM on March 7, 2017


Turns out Andy Zaltzman was the real genius on the Bugle. I don't know why we keep herring about the other guy. Someone should really knock him of his perch. What a clown... He barely coulda make a joke, needs to tuna up his act...
posted by kaibutsu at 2:38 PM on March 7, 2017 [1 favorite]


My wee nephew was running around crying, his hand down his pants.

His parents wondered aloud what was wrong.

I told them he was just feeling a little testy.
posted by zippy at 3:23 PM on March 7, 2017 [3 favorites]


The worst trend of recent years is re-labeling most puns as "Dad Jokes". Most Dads' biggest jokes are their children. And it disinfranchises female and childless male punmasters. That said...

Keep an o-pun mind.

Oppose cruel and unusual pun-ishment.

And have a happy Pun-Cake Day! (It's almost over, better IHOP to it!)
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:45 PM on March 7, 2017 [1 favorite]


I like to think of it as the Stewart Lee of imaginary pun consultancies.

pun-sultancies, surely
posted by thumpasor at 4:18 PM on March 7, 2017


Is it a pun that I thought it was "Zizek" at first?
posted by rhizome at 6:56 PM on March 7, 2017


Bil "Family Circus" Keane used to do a sidebar cartoon that featured puns suggested by readers. Let this egg-splain.
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:55 PM on March 7, 2017


Ok... I made up some good puns to add to this thread, but I decided to have them vetted first by a friend.

That was a mistake. I had hoped to have a few puns that would make him laugh, but no pun in ten did.
posted by DreamerFi at 6:40 AM on March 8, 2017 [2 favorites]


The above mentioned Mr. Gillen.
posted by Artw at 6:58 AM on March 8, 2017


Oh god.
posted by Artw at 7:01 AM on March 8, 2017


I can't get too worked up over this. I mean puns are bad, sure...




















...but poetry is verse.
posted by the latin mouse at 11:17 AM on March 8, 2017 [3 favorites]


Ungh!
posted by Artw at 8:00 AM on March 9, 2017 [1 favorite]




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