Categories Uncategorized My Best Pun, Possibly Ever Post author By John Scalzi Post date December 26, 2014 23 Comments on My Best Pun, Possibly Ever See more Inordinately proud of myself for this one. pic.twitter.com/AHTuvHARmA — John Scalzi (@scalzi) December 26, 2014 Thank you, I will be here through December. Try the veal. Share: By John Scalzi I enjoy pie. View Archive → ← Best Longform Twitterings, 2014 → On Being Accused of Confessing to Awful Things 23 replies on “My Best Pun, Possibly Ever” Thats more a spoonerism than a pun, isn’t it? Meh. My notes are not in a-chord with your idea of a pun. just tell her that after Christmas she and all of her neighbors will be de-lighted. But there are eleven days left of Xmas. TRiG. I guess you have to have heard the term beer goggles to appreciate the pun. I was only vaguely familiar with that term so I didn’t get the pun. Then I Googled for cheer goggles. A blog from 2009 (http://pattisonpundit.wordpress.com/2009/01/20/were-we-judging-the-eagles-with-cheer-goggles-on-the-pundit-wonders/#more-1185) explains it all; even if “cheer” in that case signified something a bit different than the meaning it has in your tweet. And I agree with DigitalAtheist. It isn’t really a pun if the punny word is nothing more than a rhyme of the word it is playing off of. It really has to sound the same. Like, “When is a door not a door (the first pun I ever heard) – when it is ajar.” Now that, sir, is a proper pun. Um, have you been drinking? Or what? Not that I judge. Got Christmas bottle, myself. My first wife’s excectations before Christmas used to be so off the chart that she couldn’t help but be disappointed afterwards. She, too, was always in a hurry to put the decorations away after Christmas failed to live up to her expectations. I don’t care what they say — it made me laugh :-D Hmmm. I will join the others on pointing out that is borderline as a pun. Nonetheless, the same phenomenon has been/is being observed in my house. Hey, John – your latest is on Amazon’s Top books in SciFi for 2014! Congrats! A pun my soul! Better than fear goggles! That’d be an inside baseball pun, and therefore loses points. Some people seem to have a rather narrow definition, which betrays a lack of appreciation for things paranomasiacal. (I am, sadly, married to a woman who, despite her many positive qualities, likewise fails to see any humor or value in punnery). But this was a masterwork, and I applaud you, sir: BOO! “Best Pun” is an oxymoron. I found it amusing, semantic hair splitting aside. Thanks for the giggle. And don’t forget to tip the waitstaff. We hate it when they stand up straight. Hmmm. It doesn’t sink to the level of “hold one’s nose and flee screaming into the night”, but I’ll join markjreed in a hearty “BOO!!” Boooo! That was as bad as it was glorious. My Dad would approve. Ugh. Frankly: A spoonerism would be “gear boggles”. (That’s not to say a spoonerism can’t also be a pun, as in the shaggy dog story whose punchline is “boyfoot bear with teak of Chan”.) John, I officially make you an honorary member of my family, who revels in bad (are there really any other kind?) puns. Also, if you don’t listen to ‘Says You!’ on NPR, you should, as I’m sure you’d appreciate the groaners they churn out on a weekly basis. Well played, sir. The more loudly I groan, the more jealous I am that I didn’t think of it first. Comments are closed.