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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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen years ago) link

yerself is steam. ha. i get it now.

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

the arrow in the FedEx logo

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

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

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

Frank's APA.

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

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

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

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

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

Your self-esteem.

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

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

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

I didn't get that either, Archel.

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

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

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

Haha, neither had I!

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

Conclusion: all these puns are rubbish.

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

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

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

the self esteem one works better in certain accents.

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

I never got that... wow.

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

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

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

.. and I was fibbing anyway.

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

that's like C U Next Tuesday, right?

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

yes Nabisco, peripheral.

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

Aw.

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

If there was a Townes Van Zandt theme park they could call it Townes Town.

ban slug pellets now (Matt #2), Wednesday, 30 March 2022 21:58 (two months ago) link

If there was a Herbie Hancock theme park they could call it Herb's 'Burb.

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 22:04 (two months ago) link

DIdn't Jerry Jeff Walker have one of these?

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 30 March 2022 22:06 (two months ago) link

Disappointed there's a Twitty City when he got the name from the cities of Conway and Twitty!

pplains, Thursday, 31 March 2022 00:29 (two months ago) link

RIght, it's kind of folded in on itself in a disconcerting manner.

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 31 March 2022 00:34 (two months ago) link

Oh noes!

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 31 March 2022 03:44 (two months ago) link

Dollywood ratios in diagnostic testing!

(thank you, Pun Generator! I couldn’t have done it without you! highly recommended!)

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Thursday, 31 March 2022 06:18 (two months ago) link

all the "Elden Ring" puns it suggests are about it sounding like "Everything" - dunno, I'm more of a "I had to return my order at KFC, they gave me elden wings" kinda guy.

StanM, Thursday, 31 March 2022 06:45 (two months ago) link

https://cdn.britannica.com/73/156173-050-A0DB5AB6/Howlin-Wolf-1964.jpg
I asked for my order
They gave me elden wings

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 31 March 2022 10:57 (two months ago) link

KISS presents music from the Elden Wing

Otto Insurance (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 31 March 2022 12:54 (two months ago) link

Found that pun generator when looking up “Everything You Know Is Thong.” Seems like it spit out every possible substitution of “thong” for “song” or “wrong.”

https://pungenerator.org/puns?q=thong

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 31 March 2022 13:16 (two months ago) link

“Long” too.

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 31 March 2022 13:16 (two months ago) link

"(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Thong Song"

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Thursday, 31 March 2022 13:19 (two months ago) link

Lol! I’m gathering that one was too sophisticated for the pun generator and you came up with it yourself.

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 31 March 2022 13:58 (two months ago) link

I'm too sexy for this pun

I'm too sophisti for the pun generator, so sophisti it hurts (breastcrawl), Thursday, 31 March 2022 14:17 (two months ago) link

An acquaintance with a dog called Bowie. I guess it could be a pun depending on how you pronounce it

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 3 April 2022 09:46 (two months ago) link

you'd think i would live in this thread, but these days i've realized people generally don't like puns. it's a difficult thing to come to realize

Punster McPunisher, Sunday, 3 April 2022 19:22 (two months ago) link

Duke [of W]Ellington hit me like a thunderbolt while doing a crossword yesterday, but I can see it's mentioned upthread and probably isn't a pun.

fetter, Monday, 4 April 2022 08:50 (two months ago) link

I was reminded of a pun when posting on the Steely Dan thread, about Wishbone Ash. I bought their live album Live Dates in high school and it took a few years for me to realize that the date palms on the cover related to the title.

nickn, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 20:54 (two months ago) link

Staples, the office supply chain

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 8 April 2022 19:33 (two months ago) link

Elton John album Rock of the Westies

Josefa, Friday, 8 April 2022 20:16 (two months ago) link

more of a spoonerism, isn't it? good find tho

budo jeru, Monday, 11 April 2022 02:14 (two months ago) link

2014 was the year that I finally went "omg, Noodle Vague: Nouvelle Vague!" incidentally

― Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:05 PM (six years ago) bookmarkflaglink

me just now

budo jeru, Monday, 11 April 2022 02:16 (two months ago) link

omg

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Monday, 18 April 2022 00:53 (two months ago) link

I only got this relatively recently, also, perhaps more shamingly, that Alfred's is a pun on Tennyson. I mean come on man (me, not him).

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 18 April 2022 18:23 (two months ago) link

Over the weekend I realized why the Geico Insurance mascot is a gecko. Why this was not glaringly obvious to me before I do not know.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 18 April 2022 18:28 (two months ago) link

Now having to workout if Lois & Clarke is a pun on the 19th century explorers or just a coincidence.
Somebody just used the similar sound in an advert for a podcast on the historic duo and I'm wondering if that is the first time or if it was built in to the naming.
Lewis and Clark, not sure how much recognition they have in common not specialist thought anyway.

Stevolende, Saturday, 23 April 2022 12:15 (two months ago) link

There's an 'Old Kent Lane' pun in there if you torture it hard enough

kinder, Saturday, 23 April 2022 12:20 (two months ago) link

Siegel & Shuster were renowned Monopoly fans and at least one of them was a canadian immigrant so it must follow.
Like cos everybody knows the colonials use UK boards innit.

Stevolende, Saturday, 23 April 2022 12:29 (two months ago) link

The TV show Lois and Clark:The New Adventures of Superman was definitely drawing on that pun, but can’t say if it was an original intention when the characters were first named

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Saturday, 23 April 2022 15:25 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

The band Girlpool. (Whirlpool).

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Saturday, 28 May 2022 05:21 (one month ago) link

feel like everyone in this thread shd be forced to read william empson's seven types of ambiguity and have their branes explode at the dense and *PUN*gent terrine of similar joeks that thread thru the whole of eng lang poitry tbrr

mark s, Saturday, 28 May 2022 14:02 (one month ago) link

I've always thought that Empson should have titled his book "A Bunch of Types of Ambiguity."

I am just a squirrel in the world (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 28 May 2022 22:57 (one month ago) link

I just got Ice Capades (escapades).

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 31 May 2022 04:37 (four weeks ago) link

Whoa

Kim Kimberly, Tuesday, 31 May 2022 05:09 (four weeks ago) link

"CBGB & OMFUG"

It is occurring to me now that despite what the official line is "OMFUG" was supposed to suggest what we would now express with "OMFG."

Josefa, Tuesday, 31 May 2022 05:56 (four weeks ago) link

Think that has bubbled along in my subconscious for a while as well.

Once Were Chemical Brothers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 31 May 2022 09:54 (four weeks ago) link

I just got Ice Capades (escapades).

What did you think a 'capade' was?!

kinder, Tuesday, 31 May 2022 10:51 (four weeks ago) link

This was another one that I sort of figured out but probably took forever to surface.

Once Were Chemical Brothers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 31 May 2022 11:00 (four weeks ago) link

-capades is like -holics -- it was just waiting for someone to turn it into an all-purpose suffix (NB I never got Ice Capades as a pun either until now).

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Tuesday, 31 May 2022 13:31 (four weeks ago) link

good point

Once Were Chemical Brothers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 31 May 2022 13:36 (four weeks ago) link

iceholics

andrew m., Tuesday, 31 May 2022 15:21 (four weeks ago) link

alcohocapades?

a good word to describe my 20s I guess

silverfish, Tuesday, 31 May 2022 16:03 (four weeks ago) link

destroyer's icekaput

Once Were Chemical Brothers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 31 May 2022 16:05 (four weeks ago) link

alcohocapades?


name of an early Inca dynasty if I’m not mistaken

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 31 May 2022 16:09 (four weeks ago) link

iceholics

freebie for any beer league hockey teams looking for a name

andrew m., Tuesday, 31 May 2022 18:22 (four weeks ago) link

When Ice Holes is already taken.

nickn, Tuesday, 31 May 2022 20:28 (four weeks ago) link

four weeks pass...

Nolime you may have already been explained elsewhere that I haven't found but the name no lime tangier

is it one of these

If lime seems bland compared to the tanginess of a lemon. & you found a steady source of limes that belied that observation, could you advertise that source with the phrase 'no lime tangier'?

Or is it a Jesus quote meaning either don't touch me or don't hold on to me. Noli Me Tangere

Or is it a policy thing for a town in Morocco when limes are viewed as diseased.
So if you're in the citrus smuggling business you need to watch out for No Lime Tangier?

Just wondering like.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 10:56 (yesterday) link

the disappointingly prosaic answer is: a bad pun based on a novel i once read

no lime tangier, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 11:21 (yesterday) link


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