I am, thanks partly to an early exposure to the works of George Carlin, a total lenguaphile, someone who revels in languages, plays with words, and has been known to make up $#!+ like “lenguaphile” on the fly, in mid-sentence.  As such, I have occasionally dabbled in punnery, but have a special place in my heart for the double entendre, occasionally reviled as the lowest form of humor.  (I giggled for days upon hearing of the 14th century origins of the word ‘quaint.’)  Sadly, though, this type of humor is pretty specialized, requiring a little bit too much knowledge of the language for many people, and is often completely off-putting to non-native speakers.  However, I might be convinced to tell my terrible Monica Lewinsky joke, if you’re really interested…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is your thoughts and minds, mankind’s unconscious being, it is the final evolution of the… What?  Oh, right, the question, asking: What’s your favorite play on words?


  1. November 3, 2012 at 11:39 am — Reply

    Why did you have to go and use a pic of Tenaya? I’m trying to get over my crush here and you’re not helping!!

    As for the question, I can’t pick a favorite but there are quite a lot of great ones in “Futurama” from time to time.

    • RAM_evilspaceknight
      November 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm — Reply

      I always liked the fact that a Freudian slip was when you said one thing and you meant a mother….

      • RAM_evilspaceknight
        November 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm — Reply

        …..or(sorry, on a roll now). Why do French people only have one egg for breakfast? Because in France one egg is an ouef.

  2. tidge
    November 3, 2012 at 11:56 pm — Reply

    The Indiana General Assembly passed a law prohibiting pastry chefs from entering the state on the grounds that bakers can’t be Hoosiers.

  3. Gordon T
    November 4, 2012 at 10:50 am — Reply

    “Weird” Al has loads of puns and play on words in his songs. One of my favorites is from his song I Want a New Duck.

    “One that won’t drive me crazy waddling all around
    One who’ll teach me how to swim and help me not to drown
    And show me how to get down
    How to get down baby
    Get it?”

  4. November 5, 2012 at 8:02 am — Reply

    Puns, malaprops, spoonerisms, anything that distorts the language and alters your perspective on what you thought you just heard.

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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