pun (n.) A clever play on words that brings about a double meaning or a comedic effect. “I do it for the pun of it.”
I confess. I’m a punster (much to my family’s dismay). I don’t do it on purpose, really. As a matter of fact, if you put me on the spot, I’m hard pressed to think of one! But when I come across a great pun or other word twist, I love to share it. Guess it’s just a part of my love of words.
Lucky for you, a friend with a wacky sense of humor (thanks, Susan!) sent me a whole list. Not all are true puns; some are just amusing word plays. But they’re all good for a chuckle, and I hope they brighten your day!
Fun with Puns
- If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
- Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
- If I put a leafy green vegetable on the barbecue, will it be chard?
- Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a racing car not called a racist?
- Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?
- Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
- If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?
- Ever wonder about those people who spend $2.00 apiece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards: NAIVE
- Why is it that if you send something by road it is called a shipment, but when you send it by sea it is called cargo?
Got a clean pun you’d like to share? Add it in a comment!