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when was the last time you realised that you missed an obvious pun? not necessarily a pun involving the word "obvious".

1. For about two years I never realised/thought of the product "Micro Chips" was a pun. I just thought "oh microwaveable chips!! great!" and then one day i was like OMG MICROCHIPS! and felt really embarrassed

ken c (ken c), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 17:39 (fifteen years ago) link

i guess, if you have longed for an old pun that you hadn't heard for ages, you can post about it here too.

ken c (ken c), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 17:40 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't think I realised the Beatles was a pun until I was about 25.

Jonathan Z. (Joanthan Z.), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 17:42 (fifteen years ago) link

I didn't realise "Yerself is Steam" by Mercury Rev was a pun until someone mentioned it on ILM.

My brother never realised that Manda Rin out of Bis was a pun either.

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 17:50 (fifteen years ago) link

yerself is steam. ha. i get it now.

peter smith (plsmith), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 17:51 (fifteen years ago) link

There's a mattress company here in NYC called "Sleepy's" and their more recent ad campaign has following tagline:

Trust Sleepy's For the Rest of Your Life!

I thought, "hmmmm.....that's an awful lot to ask of their customers...lifelong brand loyalty!" The pun of it being the rest of your life (as in relaxed slumber) was completely lost on me until just recently.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 17:53 (fifteen years ago) link

the arrow in the FedEx logo

Frankenstein On Ice (blueski), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 17:55 (fifteen years ago) link

The arrows in the old British Rail logo. The shame.

beanz (beanz), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 18:14 (fifteen years ago) link

my roomate got this silly mailing from cingular announcing their merger with at&t but it was in the format of a wedding invitation. At the bottom it said 'reception to follow' and I thought 'so where's the party at?' - little did I know that I was stupid.

on arrested development joe or whatever his name is bought a boat called the 'seaward.' my other roomate pointed out that it was a pun for c-word, that I didnt pick up on.

still bevens (bscrubbins), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 18:48 (fifteen years ago) link

The michaael jackson video where MJ and girl are eating popcorn. The film ends and the announcer says "See you next tuesday".

Mmmm.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 12:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Frank's APA.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 12:16 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm still wondering if 'Rock The Vote' is an allusion to the phrase 'rock the boat'.

Kevin Gilchrist (Mr Fusion), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 12:19 (fifteen years ago) link

The fact that there was a link between the alter egos of the rappers Blak Twang and Fallacy (Tony Rotton and Danny Vicious) escaped me until about a week ago.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 12:36 (fifteen years ago) link

is 'Trading Spouses' (the american version of 'Wife Swap') a pun on 'Trading Spaces' (the american version of 'Changing Rooms' (which is itself a pun) which is itself a pun on 'Trading Places')?

my brain hurts.

koogs (koogs), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 12:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Mother of god, I can't believe I had to sit here and say 'yerself is steam, I don't get it' about four times before I got it. Me am tick.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 12:41 (fifteen years ago) link

I only realised THIS MORNING that Adam Ant was a pun.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 12:44 (fifteen years ago) link

I still don't get 'yerself is steam' :( :( :(

Archel (Archel), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:05 (fifteen years ago) link

Your self-esteem.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:08 (fifteen years ago) link

(That's a pretty bad pun, innit?)

Tuomas (Tuomas), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:08 (fifteen years ago) link

I didn't get that either, Archel.

caitlin (caitlin), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:11 (fifteen years ago) link

It took me decades to figure out the joke in "If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?"

Casuistry (Chris P), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:14 (fifteen years ago) link

your self esteem -- it's not a very good pun.

dog latin (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:14 (fifteen years ago) link

[i]I only realised THIS MORNING that Adam Ant was a pun.[/i]

OMG!!! I hadn't seen that either! How embarrassing.

Hanna (Hanna), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Haha, neither had I!

Tuomas (Tuomas), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Conclusion: all these puns are rubbish.

Archel (Archel), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:31 (fifteen years ago) link

"Don't think twice, it's alright" I was listening to this last night and *ding* it's saying both "don't bother" and "don't even begin to think leaving me was okay."

jocelyn (Jocelyn), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:32 (fifteen years ago) link

That's not a pun; it's just ambiguity

caitlin (caitlin), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:37 (fifteen years ago) link

the self esteem one works better in certain accents.

ken c (ken c), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:39 (fifteen years ago) link

I only got Aladdin Sane ("A lad insane") like last year or something. That was embarassing.

papa november (papa november), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:43 (fifteen years ago) link

I never got that... wow.

Archel (Archel), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:43 (fifteen years ago) link

It took me decades to figure out the joke in "If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?"

Yep, me too.

papa november (papa november), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:47 (fifteen years ago) link

i knew the "insane" bit but never thought of "a lad"!

ken c (ken c), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 13:47 (fifteen years ago) link

isn't it about bowies brother, who had severe mental problems & committed suicide?

DJ Salinger (joni), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 14:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Haha, I never got any of these before (Yerself is Steam, Adam Ant, Aladdin Sane)!

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 14:05 (fifteen years ago) link

It was "See you next Wednesday" in the Thriller video, which isn't a pun, but it is a phrase director John Landis puts in every one of his movies.

Colin Meeder (Mert), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 15:21 (fifteen years ago) link

The michaael jackson video where MJ and girl are eating popcorn. The film ends and the announcer says "See you next tuesday".

I so don't get it.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 15:32 (fifteen years ago) link

i think the answer lies in mark's tenuous grasp of 'pun'.

mark p (Mark P), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 15:34 (fifteen years ago) link

.. and I was fibbing anyway.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 15:37 (fifteen years ago) link

that's like C U Next Tuesday, right?

ken c (ken c), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 15:54 (fifteen years ago) link

I never got the visual pun of the 7-Up "Uncola" glass until some advanced age of decrepitude.

Ken L (Ken L), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 16:07 (fifteen years ago) link

walking up some steps just the other day, it struck me:
Rap City ... Rhadsody!

also, i amazingly didn't get Lipps, Inc. until quite recently. sheesh.

andrew m. (andrewmorgan), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 19:01 (fifteen years ago) link

I am now worried that there are loads of puns out there I haven't got yet.

Is I Love Everything a pun?

DV (dirtyvicar), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 19:17 (fifteen years ago) link

This happens to me absolutely all the time, and in some cases -- even worse -- with that nagging must-be-a-pun sense that drives one nuts: I'm happy to have the Mercury Rev one finally worked out for me. I can't think of any good recent examples, though: the last one I recall was hearing a Spinanes song and noticing the "inane" in there.

nabisco (nabisco), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 19:34 (fifteen years ago) link

I didn't get Yerself is Steam either. Knew all the others mentioned here, although admittedly it took a while for me to realise with Manda Rin.

Perry Farrell took a while, too.

MarkH (MarkH), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 19:39 (fifteen years ago) link

In similar news I had a long and frustrating conversation with someone wherein I was pointing out, with amazement, that the title of Philip Roth's The Human Stain could be read in two different ways, and that ads for the film version seemed to be inflecting it in the one of those two ways that I hadn’t thought of. Unfortunately I couldn’t seem to make the different inflections clear to the person I was talking to. I’ll try it with you guys: I had always read the title (without having read the book) as being “The Human Stain” like “The Human Condition”; the film trailer suddenly made me realize it was possibly supposed to be “The Human Stain” like “The Human Cannonball” or “The Human Calculator,” referring to the individual character.

I share this only because I need some reassurance that I wasn't being a bonehead in this conversation.

nabisco (nabisco), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 19:40 (fifteen years ago) link

And wait, what's the pun with Perry Farrell? (If it's supposed to be "peripheral," that is the worst thing I have ever heard.)

nabisco (nabisco), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 19:40 (fifteen years ago) link

It's not a pun, it's a spoonerism.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 19:43 (fifteen years ago) link

yes Nabisco, peripheral.

MarkH (MarkH), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 19:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Suddenly that's better than the "Ferry Peril" Spoonerism I thought Dan was hinting toward.

nabisco (nabisco), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 19:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Aw.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 19:48 (fifteen years ago) link

xxxp hooollly shit!

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 26 September 2020 02:13 (two months ago) link

this thread is always so humbling

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 26 September 2020 02:14 (two months ago) link

The dictionary definition of "The mighty Fall" actually fits better with what Peel was saying. Not that it matters, but I don't think he was making a pun.

everything, Saturday, 26 September 2020 06:12 (two months ago) link

If “The Mighty Fall” is not a pun, it’s surely a play on words, and one I’d missed all these years. My reaction was roughly the same as sic’s.

Tim, Saturday, 26 September 2020 06:58 (two months ago) link

What do you mean by the dictionary definition of the mighty Fall, everything?

And yes, a play on words, not strictly a pun, you're right, Tim.

Alba, Saturday, 26 September 2020 08:57 (two months ago) link

I want to believe it was intentional, because they are, and they do

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 26 September 2020 19:23 (two months ago) link

Mike Watt + the Secondmen

Thoia Thoing, Maryland (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 26 September 2020 21:34 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

This post on the obituary thread today, about some tv show I haven't the foggiest clue about

Right! I don't totally remember but it seems to me from quick search that Nipsey Russell was an upper left seat.

Richard Dawson pretty much held down that bottom center for an eternity as far as I can remember, although I see some images of Dick Martin in that seat as well.

― Garu’s Got a Rona

taught me that the name Nipsey Hussle was a pun.

anatol_merklich, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 21:41 (one month ago) link

(TV programme is celebrity squares, the American version)

koogs, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 03:07 (one month ago) link

No, it's Match Game.

Hollywood Squares is the American version of Celebrity Squares.

Josefa, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 03:17 (one month ago) link

Ok, thanks. American TV isn't the universal reference point the way they sometimes think it is and stuff like this never made it overseas (well maybe the formats did but not the regulars). I only know Nipsie from a reference in Milk and Cheese comics...

UK equivalent would perhaps be Charlie Drake

koogs, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 06:55 (one month ago) link

(oh, Nipsie *was* on Hollywood Squares, so I didn't misremember that, but the thing in that crow parody was Match Game)

koogs, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 06:57 (one month ago) link

(TV programme is Blankety Blank, the American version)

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 08:54 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.chortle.co.uk/books/2020/05/19/46138/alternative_comedy,_by_oliver_double

real name or punny stage name?

koogs, Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:09 (one month ago) link

Hip hop producer Nosaj Thing - now that I hear it, guessing this is an intentional pun and not spelling your name backwards for no reason?

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 29 October 2020 17:41 (one month ago) link

He's no Posdnous.

Un-fooled and placid (sic), Thursday, 29 October 2020 19:24 (one month ago) link

dammit! Posdnuos.

Un-fooled and placid (sic), Thursday, 29 October 2020 19:24 (one month ago) link

it was recently pointed out to me that 'house', as in the tv show featuring an irascible hugh laurie, is a pun on 'holmes', as in sherlock holmes

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 October 2020 20:07 (one month ago) link

That is bad if true

Alba, Thursday, 29 October 2020 21:30 (one month ago) link

Anyway, a house is famously not a home. Should have called him Dr Dwelling

Alba, Thursday, 29 October 2020 21:33 (one month ago) link

isn't a house m.d. also a thing, though? Like, a doctor attached to a specific hospital, or am I making that up?

Lily Dale, Thursday, 29 October 2020 21:36 (one month ago) link

Is there a doctor in the ... ?

pplains, Friday, 30 October 2020 00:00 (four weeks ago) link

Electric Light Orchestra

Alba, Monday, 2 November 2020 13:14 (three weeks ago) link

idgi

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Monday, 2 November 2020 14:56 (three weeks ago) link

Light orchestra as in 'soft' and also as in 'electric light'?

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Monday, 2 November 2020 14:58 (three weeks ago) link

a "light orchestra" is a generally amateur orchestra that plays pops and well-known tunes rather than full blown heavy symphonic stuff

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Monday, 2 November 2020 14:59 (three weeks ago) link

i'd never noticed before either tho

i mean there's a reason most of the puns in this thread have gone unnoticed

big man on scampus (Noodle Vague), Monday, 2 November 2020 15:00 (three weeks ago) link

holy shit i got something right.

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Monday, 2 November 2020 15:01 (three weeks ago) link

remember where u were this day etc

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Monday, 2 November 2020 15:01 (three weeks ago) link

it truly is the most impressive pun of the century

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 2 November 2020 15:09 (three weeks ago) link

a new world record

Doctor Casino, Monday, 2 November 2020 15:30 (three weeks ago) link

a "light orchestra" is a generally amateur orchestra that plays pops and well-known tunes rather than full blown heavy symphonic stuff

Obviously a British phenomenon.

Young Boys of Bernie (Tom D.), Monday, 2 November 2020 15:31 (three weeks ago) link

https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/the-real-meaning-of-the-name-electric-light-orchestra.67239/

During the late sixties a light orchestra was very popular, similar to
those of the BBC string quartets. Inspired by Denny Laines Electric
String Band, Roy Wood had the idea to incorporate the electric part
using more traditional rock instruments with the light orchestra
instruments, hence The Electric Light Orchestra.

Classic Roy

Alba, Monday, 2 November 2020 16:11 (three weeks ago) link

compare "light opera"

Kabob Dylan (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 2 November 2020 18:53 (three weeks ago) link

Is there a doctor in the ... ?

― pplains, Thursday, October 29, 2020 8:00 PM bookmarkflaglink

Electric Light Orchestra

― Alba, Monday, November 2, 2020 8:14 AM bookmarkflaglink

this made me giggle

shout-out to his family (DJP), Monday, 2 November 2020 19:35 (three weeks ago) link

^eeeeevil poster

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Monday, 2 November 2020 21:19 (three weeks ago) link

oooooooooh

budo jeru, Friday, 13 November 2020 20:53 (two weeks ago) link

;hlksafdlkhasf

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Friday, 13 November 2020 20:59 (two weeks ago) link

i literally just spent thirty seconds repeating the title in my head until i ...................... you know ..............

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Friday, 13 November 2020 20:59 (two weeks ago) link

haha today i learned...

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 13 November 2020 20:59 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyiGHFGCf2U

budo jeru, Friday, 13 November 2020 21:09 (two weeks ago) link

haha today i learned...

― soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0)

ditto

nickn, Friday, 13 November 2020 21:10 (two weeks ago) link

I loved that song for ages, just like th e blindman god gave back his sight ..... Praise the Lord ...
That and May You Be Alone really resonated with me.

But i think the Drifting Cowboys were areal archetype when it came to the formation of the band

Stevolende, Friday, 13 November 2020 23:14 (two weeks ago) link

Soon over Babaluma is another country related word play thing.
Been running through my head during the election, Moon over alabama. Or at least been thinking babaluma when i hear alabama

Stevolende, Friday, 13 November 2020 23:20 (two weeks ago) link

oh wow

budo jeru, Friday, 13 November 2020 23:43 (two weeks ago) link

voodoo chili

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 November 2020 21:54 (one week ago) link

occurred to me on watching the last Last Week Tonight last week that there is almost inevitably going to be a spate of shows at the end of the year called 2020 Hindsight.

Stevolende, Saturday, 21 November 2020 22:08 (one week ago) link

Or 2020 Vision

nickn, Sunday, 22 November 2020 06:37 (one week ago) link

"mick signals"

budo jeru, Monday, 23 November 2020 03:02 (six days ago) link


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