The Ten Best Stressed Puns of 2008

Puns voted by the members of the International Save the Pun Foundation to be the ten best stressed puns posted in the Pundit’s pages in 2008.

Two birds are sitting on a perch. One says to the other, “Do you smell fish?”

Clark, Lois, and Jimmy were striding down the streets of Metropolis one sunny afternoon. As they passed a construction site, Lois noticed a worker carrying a load of bricks up the ladder on his shoulder. She stopped dead, looked hard at him; then turned to the others and said,” Someone should write a song: ‘Bricking Up is Hod to Do’.” Jimmy Olsen stopped dead in his tracks, slapped his thigh, and let loose a series of guffaws that reverberated across the street. He suddenly paused mid-laugh and looked at Clark, who stood there, stoic as ever.  “Gee, Mr. Kent that was a real laugh. Don’t you get it?” “Sorry, Jimmy,” replied Clark Kent. “I ignore those. Remember that puns are the Lois form of humor.”

Horses may get into the movies, but they’re usually saddled with the bit parts.


1. ARBITRATOR: A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonalds.

2. AVOIDABLE: What a bullfighter tried to do.

3. BERNADETTE: The act of torching a mortgage.

4. BURGLARIZE: What a crook sees with.

5. CONTROL: A short, ugly inmate.

6. COUNTERFEITERS: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets.

7. ECLIPSE: What an English barber does for a living.

8. EYEDROPPER: A clumsy ophthalmologist.

9. HEROES: What a guy in a boat does.

10. LEFTBANK: What the robber did when his bag was full of money.

11. MISTY: How golfers create divots.

12. PARADOX: Two physicians

13. PARASITES: What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower

14. PHARMACIST: a helper on the farm.

15. POLARIZE: What penguins see with.

16. PRIMATE: Removing your spouse from in front of the TV.

17. RELIEF: What trees do in the spring.

18. RUBBERNECK: What you do to relax your wife.?

19. SELFISH: What the owner of a seafood store does.

20. SUDAFED: Brought litigation against a government official.


These are actually answers given by children on their science exam:
Q: Name the four seasons.

A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar. 
Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.

A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists. 
Q: How is dew formed?

A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire. 
Q: How can you delay milk turning sour? (Brilliant, love this!)
A: Keep it in the cow. 
Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?

A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight. 
Q: What are steroids?

A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs. 
Q: What happens to your body as you age?

A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental 
Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?

A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery. 
Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.

A: Premature death. (Wonder if the CDC is aware of this disease).

Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized?! (e.g., abdomen)
A: The body is consisted into three parts — the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels A, E, I, O, and U. 
Q: What is the fibula?

A: A small lie. 
Q: What does “varicose” mean? (I do love this one…)

A: Nearby. 
Q: Give the meaning of the term “Caesarian Section.”

A: The Caesarian Section is a district in Rome 
Q: What does the word “benign” mean?’

A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.

The primary responsibility for a child’s education is apparent.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try a grin.

Bilingual Puns are Twice the Fun

A good pun is its own reword, and bi-lingual puns are twice as rewording as those that stay within the boundaries of a single language. Some of the most pyrotechnic puns have a French twist, into which you can sink your teeth —bon motlars, perhaps:

•·       Why do the French need only one egg to make an omelet? Because in France, one egg is un oeuf.

•·       Have you stayed at the new luxury hotel in town? It’s a site for soirees.

•·       Have you heard about the student in Paris who spent too much time sitting in a hard chair studying? She got sore buns.

•·       Have you heard about the milk maid who worked on a really big farm? She had a prominent dairy air.

•·       Pas de deux: the father of twins.

•·       Jeanne d’Arc: a bathroom with no light.

•·       Coup de grace: what a French lawn mower does.

•·       Eau de Cologne: I’ll pay for the perfume later.

•·       Cul de sac: Sort paper bags.

•·       Ma Belle Dame sans merci: unfriendly telephone operator

•·       S’il vous plait: not Sterling

•·       Soupcon: dinner’s ready.

•·       N’est-ce pas: papa bird

•·       A company tried to manufacture prosthetic devices for feline amputees, but found there was no market for the product. You might say that they committed a faux paw.

•·       A feline kept yacking away inappropriately. Finally, his fellow felines tied an anchor around his legs and threw him in to a river. The result: Undue twaddle; cat sank.

•·       “I hate reading Victor Hugo,” said Les miserably.

•·       Motto of the three musketeers: “En garde, we thrust.”

•·       A class of second graders inadvertently came up with a French pun. After an especially hard day, the teacher sighed aloud, “C’est la vie.”

With one voice the children called out, “La vie!”

Here are some polyglot plays on words that should be understandable, even without much knowledge of a second language:

•·       At an Italian restaurant I don’t know whether I’m antipasto or provolone.

•·       Have you heard about the liberated Irish woman? Her name was Erin Go Braless.

•·       When a pig roast takes place in England, several boars are needed to feed the hungry, but in Russia, one Boris Gudonov.

•·       Have you heard about the Chinese restaurant that stays open twenty-four hours a day? It’s called Wok Around the Clock.

•·       Have you visited the Jewish section of India’s capital city? It’s called Kosher Delhi.

•·       Does that last pun get a standing oy vaytion?

•·       No question about it. Adolf Hitler created a terrible fuhrer.

•·       What do you call a secondhand clothing store in India? Whose Sari Now?

•·       When Brutus told Julius Caesar that he had eaten a whole squab, Caesar replied, “Et tu, Brut?.”

•·       A classics teacher in Maine owns a boat that he’s christened Navego, which is Latin for “I sail” and pronounced “Now we go.”

•·       The space station Mir has had so many collisions because objects in Mir are closer than they appear.

•·       Mexican weather report: Chili today, hot tamale.

•·       A Mexican visiting the United States went into a store to buy a pair of socks. He spoke no English, and the clerk didn’t know a word of Spanish. Through pantomime, the Mexican tried to explain what he needed, without much success. The clerk brought out shoes, then tried sneakers, then slippers, then laces — all to no avail. Finally, he came out of the stockroom with a pair of socks, and the Mexican exclaimed, “Eso s? que es!”

Said the exasperated clerk, “Well, for crying out loud. If you could spell it, why didn’t you say so in the first place?”

•·       There are many stories related to the sinking of the Titanic. Some have just come to light due to the success of the recent movie. For example, most people don’t know that back in 1912, Hellmann’s mayonnaise was manufactured in England. The Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after New York City. The Mexican people were eagerly awaiting delivery and were disconsolate at the loss. So much so that they declared a national day of mourning which they still observe today. It is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo.

•·       On a Monday morning, the mayor of New York gathered reporters and announced the rejuvenation of the ailing New York City transit system. The New York Daily Newsreporter covering the story realized that the situation was too good to be true. His headline read: SICK TRANSIT’S GLORIOUS MONDAY.

•·       Chico Marx once took umbrage upon hearing someone exultantly exclaim, “Eureka!” Chagrined, Chico shot back, “You doan smella so good yourself!”

Signs That Things Are Weird:
** In a clothing store: “Wonderful; bargains for men with 16 and 17 necks.”

** On an Indiana mall marquee: “Archery tournament: Ears Pierced.”

** Outside a country shop: “We buy junk and sell antiques.”

** On an Ohio highway: “Drive slower when wet.”

** In downtown Boston: “Calahan Tunnel/ No End.”

** In a Massachusetts parking area reserved for birdwatchers: “Parking for birds only.”

** In front of a New Hampshire restaurant: “Now serving live lobsters.”

** In the window of an Oregon general store: “Why go elsewhere to be cheated, when you can come here?”

The Italian government is considering installing a clock in the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The reason? What good is it if you have the inclination, but you don’t have the time?

…sew there they are,

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