Please Don’t PUNish Me: going on a hiatus

Hello loyal pun enthusiasts and followers.

Or lost internet travelers. You are welcome in this cyber conversation as well.

The class I have been writing this blog for: Comm 349: News Reporting And Writing is coming to a close, meaning this blog, at least for the time being will be put on hold and there will not be anymore posts for a while.

I hope to come back to this blog and post more about the beauty of puns. However, for the time being I must take a hiatus, although it should be called a lowatus because I worry I am letting a lot of my readers down by mandating what I hope is only a temporary end to my blog.

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I’m sorry. 

I’d also like to offer my pundolances for not posting in a while. I am a busy college student and as a result have had to table my love for puns in order to not fail my classes.

I have appreciated all the support from friends and family who have reached out, commented on, reposted and expressed support for me choosing to write about such an odd topic. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Thank you to everyone for still loving me despite the fact I can’t have a legitimate adult conversation without throwing in a pun.

We’ve had a good run, and a good pun as well.

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Pun Of Your Business

One of the many reasons I love puns is that there are so many different kinds of puns to make in so many varying situations. This week, I decided to walk my readers through the varying types of puns, noting my favorite types and why.

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Genres of Puns

A lot of people don’t think about this — but there are actually many different kinds of puns out there. We lump any sort of wordplay into the three letter worded label “pun” but never think to look further at what linguistically is actually making it a pun. Puns are weird that way. We hear them. We take a minute to think. We laugh once we “get it,” and we move on. We rarely stop and deconstruct why we “got it,” or what finally clicked for us in our brains. Allow me to walk you through the genres of puns you’ve probably heard at one time or another.

  • Homphonic puns — What’s a homophone? It’s when two words have the same pronunciation but different meanings. Keeping that in mind, a homophonic pun is playing with a sentence by trading out a word with it’s homophone and creating a double meaning. For example: “Atheism is a non-prophet organization.” Prophet is creating a pun with it’s double meaning of prophet, as in religious leader but also profit, as in a business seeking to make money.
    • “To pun is to treat homonyms as synonyms” -Walter Redfern
  • Homographic puns — So, what’s a homograph? Words that are spelled the same but have different meanings. This means a homographic pun is one that plays with the ambiguities that come with a word that looks the same but means something different. These puns often rely heavily on reading them rather than hearing them as well as someone having the context of knowing the multiple definitions of the word. That’s why these puns can often be crowd pleasers or a hit and miss based on delivery. For example: “Something is fishy about that bass player.” This is playing on the multiple meanings of the word “bass,” one being an instrument and the other being a fish.
  • Compounded pun — If I were to go as a “Cereal Killer” for Halloween and cover myself with fake blood and cereal boxes. I am compounding the connotations of hearing “cereal” vs. “serial.” These, unlike the homographic pun, require sounds usually or saying the pun allowed to get it. That’s why you may be walking around the Halloween party like a nerd for a while getting strange looks until someone asks you “What are you supposed to be?” and you say “Cereal killer.”
  • Recursive Puns — These are odd. They require a lot of context and knowledge about a subject which can again, make them a hit of miss kind of pun. These puns require thinking backwards and connecting two concepts together. The best example I can give that illustrates this is the following: “a Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.” This first requires processing Freudian Slip, then making the connection between Freud, mothers, and eventually an Oedipus Complex
  • Visual puns — They’re what they sound like. A pun picture. The best ones are the ones with no words at all because it’s almost like a puzzle to try and figure out what message is being said to you. You can test your skills with this visual puns quiz.

Subjects of puns 

Puns about Food

  • Nothing makes a meal more pleasant than pointing to a friend Tortellini and telling them their meal is going to be full of endless pastabilities.

Puns about Animals

  • If you have a cat and haven’t taken the time to paws and take a meowment to admire their beauty, are they even your pet?

Puns on people’s names

  • Never be afraid to thank your friend Allyson for being a good Pal-ison, or to tell your friend Will when there’s a Will there’s a way, or to tell your grandmother she has everything down Pat. They may roll their eyes at you or see your efforts to make puns out of their names as a form of endearment. Punning on people’s names also makes for great birthday cards and birthday gifts if you’re ever stuck on what to get someone.

Situations when puns are told 

Puns as sassy comebacks

  • Puns are the perfect sassy clap back method. Whether you are still stuck in 2005 and do so with A Yo Mamma Joke, whether found in the lyrics of a clever rapper, or just a really juicy situation where you seize your opPUNtunity.
    • Fun example of a time I got roasted by a pun: I was eating in the dining hall and told one of many puns throughout the meal. A friend replied “Do you wear headbands because all your puns are a stretch?” Ouch. Had to put some Aloe Vera on that burn.

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The Accidental Pun

  • And we finally arrive at my all time favorite kinds of puns — the accidental pun! When someone makes a play on words without even thinking about it but then suddenly comes to the realization of what they’ve done and the most genuine, sincerest, purest of chortles exits their lips. What a glorious feeling to know you’ve accidentally made a pun.

 

Concluding Thoughts 

Puns are diverse. Puns are interesting. Puns are heavily rooted in contextual, situation, and connotative messages. They are as cognitive as they are communicative. Most importantly though — they are a pretty clever and cool way to spice up any conversation for better or for worse (but let’s be real, always for better.)

A Run For Your Punny

Disclaimer: I’m a nerd.

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Puns are nothing new to society, and certainly have a long, whimsical history of spicing up sentences and even entire languages.

According to John Pollock, author of the book “The Pun Also Rises” and winner of the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championship in 1995, the root of the word “pun” itself come from a language rich in puns — Sanskrit. Pollock says this language, dating back to seventh century B.C.E., was loaded with puns. One of the words in Sanskrit, “Pundit,” is a person who unpacks ambiguity. This is thought to potentially be the root for the word “pun.”

To add to this fascination — I remember sitting in a rigorous art history class my freshman year, listening to my professor talk about ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. She introduced the concept of a “rebus.

Just call be Rebus Mcentire.

I learned a rebus is a device that uses images to represent words or parts of words. These were popular in many ancient, picture bases languages like Egyptian hieroglyphs and Cuneiform as well as Japanese characters and later used as heraldic expression in the middle ages.

A rebus was essentially the first visual pun to ever enter language. The Japanese during the Edo Period used them as puzzles while ancient Egyptians used them for basic communication as well as the interpretation of dreams.

The best modern day example of a rebus I can give is one often used on game shows, especially those like Emogenius — a new game that came onto the Game Show Network scene, much to the chagrin of many older generations.

In addition to entire languages having heavily pun-based influences, puns have appeared in many historical texts, messages, and even political statements.

In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey — that I oh-so-begrudgingly struggled through reading my freshman year on high school, the epic hero of the story, Odysseus, makes an iconic pun in the text.

In a scene of this story, Odysseus encounters a cyclops who wants to eat him. He tells the cyclops his name is “Outis,” which is Greek for “Nobody,” then proceeds to stab him in the eye. The cyclops shouts “Outis (a.k.a. nobody) is hurting me,” and his fellow cyclops friends figure he’s just going insane and decide to pray to the gods for his well being instead.

I have to admit, while this book turned my brain to mush, this is a level of pun game I can only hope to someday achieve.

Additionally, Founding Father Ben Franklin is quoted saying one of the most ionic puns of all time:

“We must all hang together or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

He used a pun to make a not so humorous but nonetheless important point about the necessity of unification during the Revolutionary War.

As I talked about in a previous blog the connections between puns and politics, there have been many historical US presidential elections that employed the usage of puns as well.

Franklin Pierce, for example, in the election of 1852 came up with a punny slogan for running for president. James K. Polk, who had earlier had a successful presidency in the eyes of the people was where Pierce drew his inspiration to win the election against Winfield Scott. The slogan Piece cleverly used, that no doubt helped him secure the presidency was “We Polked You in ’44, We Shall Pierce You in ‘52.”

Another not as lucky presidential candidate, Alf Landon, went up against Franklin Roosevelt in 1936 and also used puns to win over the public. Some of his slogans included “Land-On Washington,” and “Let’s Make It a Landon-Slide.” Pretty clever, but I guess not clever enough. Poor Alf only got 8 electoral votes.

The Victorians had their own puns they also liked to whip out every now in then when they took a break from all the opioids and cocaine. My favorite is a math pun that goes like this: “Why should the number 288 never be mentioned in company? Because it is two gross.”

Confused? Yeah, so was I. A “gross” is apparently a unit of 144. And now that I understand the pun, I’ve very impressed.

Authors in literature have also never been ones to shy away from puns. Geoffrey Chaucer is believed to have LITtered his Canterbury Tales with puns and was possibly the first to write a pun in the English language. Speaking of English puns, well, you already know my love for Shakespeare, so I’ll shakeSPARE you the details on that one. Even Mark Twain is believed to have said “Denial, ain’t just a river in Egypt.”

Puns. What a rich history. What a promising future. What a wonderful present. And yes, I mean an actual present. Please give all your friends pun shirts for upcoming gift giving holidays.

 

 

 

 

The Pit And The PUNdulum

As I’ve talked about before — there are no such things as bad puns but rather, poorly timed or poorly executed puns. Wordplay is inherently clever and smart, but it also needs to come with an ability to read social situations and properly insert a pun into those situations.

Any good punster knows there will always be those people who will inherently have to eye roll at your wordplay. But there is another obstacle we, as punsters, will encounter time and time again:

The failed pun.

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For whatever reason, whether it be inappropriately timed, poorly executed, lacking meaning or clarity, or the audience are just a bunch of emotionless robots — there will always be those times when you utter your pun and no one will laugh, appreciate, or even acknowledge it — leaving you to fester n your own uncomfy silence.

I have my own personal example of when this happened to me just a few short weeks ago.

There I was, riding in my roommate Paige’s van on our way to a Latin Catholic mass. I am not Catholic, Christian or religious at all for that matter but was going as a favor to Paige on her birthday, because she loves going to Latin mass and wanted to share her love for it with me.

The mass went pretty well. I resisted many urges to make jokes and pun, only one escaping when I pointed to the church benches in front of us and made a “pew pew” noise. That garnered some quiet chuckles.

Things took an awkward turn on the ride home from mass. Paige had given two of her Catholic friends from the Newman Center a ride back to Kirksville from the mass so in the van there was three Catholics, one Episcopal (who happened to be Nick, my Episco-PAL,) and me.

During a lull in the drive I stated “Would if Jesus was gay the whole time, and just saying ‘ah, men?'”

I chuckled to myself, as I always do when I tell a pun but noted the lack of noise from the rest of the car. No one was laughing but me. I felt like a buffoon sitting there giggling by myself, and also a little shame for potentially offending four Christians.

But I shook it off.

That’s all you can do as a constant pun making machine. Acknowledge the pun you just made was maybe not the most tasteful or tactful, remind yourself to be more consciously  and culturally aware next time, and move on to the next pun.

 

 

 

PUNching The Patriarchy

Last year while in the Truman Media Network newsroom — a fellow coworker told me about a conversation that happened in her linguistics class. They were analyzing language and gender and she told me her professor declared “men tend to make more puns than women.” She then told me she thought to herself “But Rachel Fechter exists.”

Flattered as I was that for a moment I was thought to have broken some sort of arbitrary gender role that men tell more puns than women — it got me thinking. Why is this?

I feel this misconception that only men can pun has come from the “dad joke” stereotypes. Lame, awkward, but lovable dads across the country have taken to puns as a valid form of comedy. And while we must always remember to acknowledge their puns — whether that be with a groan or a chuckle, let’s also remember that this group of men does not have a monopoly on telling puns.

I have seen many examples of empowered and confident women making puns as well as puns being used to promote feminist messages.

Take The Women’s March of January 2017. Women and men alike took to the streets of Washington D.C. as well as other cities across the nation showing their disdain for Donald Trump’s blatant sexism throughout his campaign and their ardent disapproval of him becoming the president of our country.

Puns during this march became a valid way to showcase quick and clever messages about the disdain of the current political climate. Here are some examples:

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Puns on Trump’s appearance, the accusations against him for sexual assault and his stances against women’s reproductive rights were all used to creatively protest and criticize. These punny messages are much more than dad jokes. These puns are freedom of speech at work. These puns were used to bring about change to a broken system that still puts women below men in many different sectors of life.

And how could I talk about The Women’s March, puns and feminism without mentioning the pussyhat?

The Pussyhat project was started by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, two women intending to go to the Women’s March in Washington DC that was planned shortly after the announcement of Donald Trump becoming the President of The United States.

Zweinman spoke on the project saying “The idea is both a play on pussyhat, pussycat, and also references the hot mic from the Access Hollywood video. It does reference Donald Trump and those comments, but it’s also so much more. It’s reappropriating the word ‘pussy’ in a positive way. It’s a pussyhat — one word. This is a project about women supporting women.”

The movement clearly sparked more than just a couple laughs about a cat pun. It empowered women across the country and across the globe.

Puns and feminism are also nothing new to society. While this Trump era politiCAT (heh heh) climate has brought on a lot more wordplay and outspoken outrage, there have been examples of feminist puns in media for centuries — just maybe a little less overt.

I’m sorry but I’m gonna have to shake things up again, and talk about Othello for a bit. Emilia, the wife of Iago — who is the main villain in the play — has a very feminist pun towards the end of the play. Emilia is about to reveal the evil plot of her husband to everyone when her very sexist and controlling husband tells her “Hold your peace” (Act V, Scene II, Line 230) to which Emilia replies ‘Twill out, ’twill out.—I peace? No, I will speak as liberal as the north” (Act V, Scene II, Lines 231-232.)

If you are not familiar with the play I will not to spoil too much but all I will say is that throughout the play Emilia has for the most part, though begrudgingly, submitted to her husband. However, in one of the final scenes she begins to develop a moral change that prompts her to stand up to him and the evil plots he has put in motion throughout the play.

The line “I will speak as liberal as the north,” to me is a subtle but very clever, feminist, and empowering pun. “The north” Emilia is referring to is where I believe the double meaning lies. The somewhat more obvious north she is talking about is likely Heaven, where she’d be truly free from oppressors in her life on Earth.

However, I’ve interpreted a second meaning with Emilia’s line. “The north” could also very much be talking about Northern Europe. Othello takes place in Venice, Italy — where women were treated both legally and socially as objects of their fathers and husbands. However, during the time of the Elizabethan Era — women, in slight ways, in places like England were experiencing small but still significant freedoms.

Don’t get me wrong — women were in no way equal to men. They still got accused of being witches if they spoke too freely about politics, social issues, or you know talked. 

However, during this time women did have more artistic freedoms to create paintings and writings, more affluent women had access to education and some women could serve as an heiress of property — especially if their family lacked male heirs.

In addition, while women could not act in the theatre, English women were some of the first women in Europe allowed to attend the theatre alone without the accompaniment of men. Stephen Greenblatt in The Norton Shakespeare explained this further.

“In Venice, there was a special gallery for courtesans, but socially respectable women would not have been permitted to attend plays, as they could in England,” Greenblatt said. “In London, not only could middle- and upper-class women go to the theater, but they could also wear masks and mingle freely with male spectators and women of ill repute.”

Greenbelt continued to elaborate on the freedoms of women in England.

“Foreign visitors were struck by their relative freedom, as shown, for example, by the fact that respectable women could venture unchaperoned into the streets and attend the theater,” Greenblatt said. “Single women, whether widowed or unmarried, could, if they were of full age, inherit and administer land, make a will, sign a contract.”

While this could be a stretch — I feel Emilia when she says “liberal as the north” could also be referring to the more radical feminist actions taking place in London and England as a whole that had not yet moved to Venice. And while her meaning is hidden in this vague sort of diction and wordplay, her intentions of standing up to the male counterpart who has oppressed her throughout the play are apparent.

Keeping all of this in mind, it seems fair to say puns are not just limited to dorky dads. Puns can and have for some time been used by bold and radical women to make bold and radical statements.

 

 

 

Some Kind Of Punderful

While doing research for the blog this week I cam across a haterade drinker who was bashing puns and their effectiveness in advertising.

And let me just say — things got a little personal.

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Paul Suggett with The Balance while discussing puns in advertising says, “They’re tacky, they debase the product or service and they should be avoided at all costs.”

Wow.

And he kept going.

He went on to say, “A “good pun” is an oxymoron if ever there was one, and a book full of them will guarantee you a permanent place on the rejection pile. To be honest, you can do better. You should do better.”

WOW. 

Puns in advertising are nothing new. We’ve seen them employed many times before. Sometimes on purpose. Sometimes on accident. Sometimes done very well and other times done abhorrently wrong. Just like what I said two weeks ago — there is a time and place for a pun. But to say a pun never has a place in an ad and there’s no such thing as a good pun? Wrong.

Believe it or not, and you probably do because you’ve learned by now I am a huge pun loving nerd, I did some research on this for a class a couple semesters back and found a very interesting study that, well, disproves Suggett’s argument.

For an abstract I wrote in my Communication Theory class I analyzed the following article — “A Study of the Humor Aspect of English Puns: Views from the Relevance Theory

In this article, the author, Xiaoli Gan, argues puns effectively use the relevance theory, which is a social theory that says human beings pay attention to things more relevant to them rather than other things which are less relevant.

Gan goes on to say puns evoke humor and cause us to pay attention and ponder the unexpected and confusing words we have just heard. He also found in his research that puns result in extra mental processing which makes them strengthen a person’s memory. In other words, puns are more memorable because of their unique use of language and altering of our usual contextual perceptions.

And what advertiser doesn’t want someone to better remember their product or brand? Isn’t that kind of, the point?

Another interesting point Gan made about puns and advertising — he found in his research there were correlations between people having to think harder about a pun and how the longer a person had to think about a pun the funnier it was when that person finally figured it out. 

A good pun in an ad it seems — is one that’s clever and requires some thought to figure out — often times accomplished by a visual pun that may take and extra moment or two to process.

Suggett seems to suggestt (that is me trying to make a sad attempt at punning on this guy’s last name NOT a typo) that puns are never above a low caliber, base level humor — another argument I strongly disagree with.

Yes, a pun can sometimes be the simplest word play based off the lowest hanging fruit. And there is a time and place for those kind of puns (I say them all the time in my every day, non professional, lay person life.) But in advertising, journalism, public relations, and literature there are also higher level, thought provoking puns meant to not only entertain or catch the attention of an audience but also to make them think about and remember that certain pun and the subject matter, brand, or story that pun is trying to supplement and convey.

Puns have a place in advertising and can enhance a brand and engage with an audience like no other form of rhetoric can.

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The End.

 

 

 

Annotated Pun Playlist

In case you didn’t SPOT this earlier (hahaha…haha…ha) I made a pun playlist of Spotify! You can check it out here!

I also took the liberty of briefly explaining my reasoning behind each song choice. Happy listening and reading!

 

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1. If I Had $1,000,000 by Barenaked Ladies 

I chose this song to begin my playlis

t both for its light-hearted, fun, playful nature but also for the pun in the third verse: “If I had a million dollars, I’d buy you some art — a Picasso or a Garfunkel.” The Barenaked Ladies are making a comical pun on the name of Art Garfunkel from the famous folk due “Simon and Garfunkel.”

2. Amy, Amy, Amy by Amy Winehouse 

This song comes next for it’s bluesy and jazzy vibe as well as the pun in the second verse. The whole song revolves around Amy singing about herself and how thrown off she is by the beauty of a guy in front of her. She drives this point home with the line “My train of thought spins right off track.” She uses these cleverly placed words to show both the disorderly chaos of her mind “getting off track” whenever this man is around as well as planting an image in our minds of a train literally spinning off a train track. Well done, queen Amy and rest in peace.

3. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number by Steely Dan 

Okay, so this one requires having a bit of an open mind. Over the years there have been many interpretations about what this song is about. So keeping in mind what my personal interpretation is of this song, there is a very clever and powerful pun in this song. I believe “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” is about the narrator of the song who has given Rikki — a closeted gay man — his phone number and is encouraging him to call him and acknowledge his feelings for the narrator — presumably also a gay man. Keeping this interpretation in mind — there is a line in the first verse where the narrator speaking to Rikki says “I guess you kind of scared yourself, you turned wrong.” This to me is a pun on both Rikki making a mistake of not calling him back at first as well as “turning” in a sense that he briefly let his guard down and displayed his feelings toward another man before wanting to hide them again. This song to me is a beautiful narrative about encouraging a gay man to come out and be himself.

4. Rape Of The World by Tracy Chapman 

This is a beautiful song by my girl Tracy with the use of an extended metaphor throughout the song comparing the destruction of our environment to a woman being raped. Tracy has been known to make very socially and politically charged commentaries like this that are often times — sadly — still very much relevant today. She uses a bit of wordplay in this song with her usage of verbs. While talking about the earth as if it is being raped she says the earth has been “stripped,” “dumped on,” “poisoned,” and “beaten up.” All of these actions are ones we’d think of happening to someone getting raped but not to our own planet — drawing parallels to the destruction of our earth to a rape with the usage of wordplay.

5. Adam’s Song by Blink 182 

This song has made the list not even for the song itself or the band — Blink 182 — but rather for its album title. The title of the album this song came off of is called “Enema Of The State.” If you don’t know what an enema is, well I’ll let you google that on your own, but this is basically in a humorous and almost absurdist Blink 182 fashion making a play on word with the phrase “Enemy Of The State.” Why I chose Adam’s Song to add to the playlist is simply because I think it’s a beautiful, raw, emotional song that everyone should hear.

6. Chaining Day by J Cole 

The whole premise of this song is essentially a double meaning on the narrator of the song wearing a golden chain around his neck but also making parallels to the metaphorical chains still left on him as a black man in society. The phase “chaining day” in particular is very cleverly used because it is meant to highlight the narrator both celebrating success and wealth with a gold chain but also being forced to reflect on his ancestors being chained up as slaves and the systemic oppression that still exists today for black people in society.

7. Bet That I Will by Snow Tha Product 

Snow Tha Product — one of my favorite rappers because of her raw social critiques and the feminist empowerment in her words — drops a pun in this song while critiquing men’s unrealistic expectations of women’s bodies. She does this when she says “Only way imma kill it get a booty like Selena, heard she ate Pizza. Now I’m calling Dominos, Pizza Hut. My man cheesin. Said for some reason he like that I’m eatin. I’m pushing this weight. Now my weight kinda leavin. But stayin in places he like what he seein.” This is an example of Snow Tha Product using a pun about “cheese” both while talking about pizza and the man in her song smiling about her weight gain in all the “right places” further examining and calling out the unrealistic body expectations of women to be “thick” in certain places but be super skinny in others in order for men to find them attractive. Well done, Snow. You smash that patriarchy.

8. Two Presidents by YG Hootie and Kendrick Lamar 

This is a clever little gem. While Kendrick Lamar is a rather famous rapper not many I feel know this single he did with YG Hootie exists. This song contains a lot of clever allusions — the most obvious being a parallel to Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X being two of the most influential “presidents” in American history for black people. This song also has a very powerful pun. At the end of the chorus Hootie says “Rest in peace to my homie he got hit up with the K…K…K…” This, similar to J Cole’s use of the word chains is a pun looking to the past and also looking at the present. Hootie uses the phrase “KKK” both to talk about the deaths of black lives on account of the white terrorist group the Ku Klux Klan but also is using the letter “K” to refer to AK-47’s — guns that have been responsible for the deaths of many African American lives today due to under addressed gun violence issues in impoverished, inner-city communities. This song is very clever and powerful in its lyrics and worth a listen.

9. Power by Kanye West 

First, I’d just like to take a moment to point out that Kanye is a very punny guy! Most of his songs contain some sort of wordplay in them — some instances more clever and tasteful than others — but wordplay nonetheless. In this song in particular the punning is taken to a very clever and interesting level. In the chorus of this song he says “Stop tripping, I’m tripping off the power.” This is a pun both on “tripping” or turning off a power circuit as well as becoming more and more power hungry as he tries to rise up in society as a powerful figure in society challenging the hegemonic white men who rule most industries and instead speaking up as a black man. This is a great song with some awesome and yes, POWERful commentary on racial and socioeconomic inequalities in our society today.

10. Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin 

“I’m gonna give you every inch of my love.” Think about it.

11. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers 

This punny title of this song and album is cleverly used to make a social critique on the exploitation of young people in Hollywood for their sex appeal that big name corporations can capitalize off of for profit. I also almost view this song as a warning to those who want to be famous as a way to say “fame is not all it’s cracked up to be.”

12. While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles 

How could I NOT include the Beatles on this list? Their band name is possibly the most famous musical pun in the history of musical puns. As far as my choice of song, again, similar to my rationale for Adam’s Song, this is just an underrated Beatles song I enjoy a lot and wanted to share with the public.

13. By Chance (You & I) by Jr Aquino 

This is an adorable little love song not many know exists. To make things even more adorable there is a pun in the second verse! The line “Are you tired cuz you’ve been on my mind running thousands or thousands of miles?” is making a pun on the word “running” as in physically running but also his thoughts running. wildly about this woman. I appreciate this song a lot because its lyrics are essentially a bunch of cheesy pick up lines throughout the entire thing with clever usages of word play as well as allusions.

14. Dental Care by Owl City 

This catchy and fun song is full of good vibes and puns. This song is basically a play-by-play of the narrator of the song going to the dentist. He makes puns about his experience by saying lines like “I’ve been to the dentist a thousand times so I know the drill,” and “When hygienists leave on long vacations that’s when dentists lose all their patents.” The first line playing on the word “drill” and the second playing on the words “patients” and “patience.” Adam Young also makes another pun later in the song worth noting where he says “Alcohol and golf don’t mix and that’s why I don’t drink and drive,” punning on the term “drive” used in golf. This is a warm-hearted song that accomplishes its goal of making its listeners smile with an abundance of puns.

15. Still Not A Player by Big Pun 

His name is Big Pun. I had to.