Been there, pun that!

People delight in word-play, puns, crosswords, and clever story-lines.

A great example appeared in the UK’s Sun newspaper on 8 February 2000. After the second-tier football team Inverness Caledonian Thistle beat the legendary Celtic in a cup match, the Sun’s back-page headline read: “Super Caley Go Ballistic, Celtic Are Atrocious”. Is there anyone who doesn’t know the song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from the 1964 film Mary Poppins, where the word is rhymed with atrocious and precocious?

Recently, the online version of The Guardian newspaper has been teasing digital surfers with lighthearted titles that gleefully play on words. Here are a few recent gems.

Sundae drivers: Police warn against taking wheel after boozy ice lollies
Caution urged over alcoholic popsicles, which can tip drivers over legal alcohol limit, as UK seeks to cool off during sunny spell.

Hummus taste test: Which supermarket brand raises the pulse?
The Middle Eastern staple has become a British one, beloved in summer picnics. Here’s how the shops’ own versions compare.

Gluten-free bread for Holy Communion is toast, says Vatican
Unleavened bread used for communion during Catholic masses can be genetically modified but not entirely gluten-free, church rules.

It’s not racket science: Why Wimbledon players use inspirational slogans
The motivational phrases beloved of sportspeople might seem trite, but for players from Katie Boulter and Andy Murray to Arthur Ashe, they’re surprisingly important.

Missing lynx: Big cats could return to Britain after absence of 1,300 years
Six of the secretive cats could be released in Northumberland’s Kielder forest if an application by the Lynx UK Trust is approved.

Sacré beurre: Fears over croissant price hike as France faces butter shortage
The price of butter has rocketed 92% in a year and bakers are warning that the key ingredient is at risk of running out.

In Toronto, Canada, few visitors to a certain cafe in Church Street notice the play on words in which croissanterie, French for a purveyor of croissants, has been audaciously transformed into The Croissant Tree. All good clean pun!



One comment on “Been there, pun that!

  1. I routed this link to my siblings with the e-mail title “Pun Phun with a Pherocious Phlair.” One might surmise that I cleave to alliteration, and I think that could have been included in the leadoff list of clevernesses.

    Thank you for this post!

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