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A Theatrical Performance about Puns: A Play on Words


Good writing can be many things: intelligent, thought-provoking, insightful, controversial, humorous, political and clever, to name seven.

It also can be punny, as the following examples I received from a reader show. I wouldn’t be surprised if you find some of these groan-inducing.

Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!

England has no kidney bank, but it has a Liverpool.

I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop at any time.

This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never seen herbivore.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun set, and then it dawned on me.

The Native Americans were here first because they had reservations.

I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

The cross-eyed teacher lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils.

When you get bladder infections, urine trouble.

Broken pencils are pointless.

I got a job at the bakery because I kneaded dough.

A dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary is a thesaurus.

Velcro: What a rip-off!

Thanks to Linda S. for the puns.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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May 25, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Was My Dream “Joyful” or “Joyous?”


The other night, I had a dream. In it, I was back in high school running for my cross-country team. I was a senior, but the season hadn’t started yet. I had my iPod, and as I ran, I thought that this was going to be a great year. I’ll run better because I have music with me, and we’ll win the league title and I’ll finally win the “Most Improved” award I should have won as a sophomore…

Then the scene shifted. Practice was over, but I couldn’t find my book bag. I had left it in some classroom at my rival school which was across town. I didn’t know which classroom. So, I went to the front desk and asked. I was not worried or anxious in any way. I knew I would find my stuff.

I awoke before finding my book bag, but it didn’t matter. I felt such joy from the dream.

Then I asked myself, Was this dream joyous or joyful?

I looked up the words. Joyful means “experiencing, causing, or showing joy.” Joyous means “joyful.”

It’s both, and I found that great because these kinds of dreams — going back to high school and I can’t find something (an object or my classes) — usually make me feel nervous or anxious.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

July 21, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

These Four Are Not “One-Hit Wonders”


The other day, “Spirit In The Sky” by Norman Greenbaum came on my iPod. It made me think about a quote Greenbaum once made about the song, saying his one hit meant he never had to work again.

This made me think about artists who had exactly one hit — and those called one-hit wonders but really aren’t.

One-hit wonder is a music industry term for a group/artist/performer that had one hit on the charts. For this blog, the “charts” is the Billboard Hot 100.

One of my brother’s favorite songs of all time My Sharona by The Knack. It went to No. 1 in 1979. But does anybody beside me remember the follow-up single? Good Girls Don’t hit No. 11. I don;t know about you, but anything that goes to No. 11 a hit.

One of the biggest hits of that year was Rupert Holmes’ Escape (The Pina Colada Song). It went to the top, but Holmes’ follow-up single, Him went to No. 6. How can that be a one-hit wonder?

I came of age in the 80s, and one of the biggest so-called one-hit wonders was a-ha. Their song Take on Me was a true smash. The Sun Always Shines on TV only went to No. 20; I would call that a minor hit – but a hit all the same.

Finally, there’s Falco. I’m sure you remember Rock Me Amadeus, which went to No. 1. What about Vienna Calling, his next single? Went to No. 13.

Believe me, there are plenty of true one-hit wonders out there: Earth Angel by the Penguins, The Middle by Jimmy Eat World, Tainted Love by Soft Cell and Mickey by Toni Basil.

Enjoy the songs, but realize that not every person called a one-hit wonder really is.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

 

January 29, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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