From Wordplay

An exploration of words and language

6 more punny memes

Here are 6 punny memes recently shared with By George… enjoy. Send us your favourite punny memes and we will attempt to get as many posted in our Twitter feed @ByGeorgeJournal. We will also pick a dozen puns to feature here in the Journal on May 1st. Email us your puns at cgacomm@gmail.com   Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Those punny e-newsletter memes

By George has created a stir among ints readership by putting out a challenge to share favourite puns through the month April. In our latest newsletter – Punny Stuff – we shared six great pun memes and ask people to start sending their favourites on our Facebook and Twitter. Over the next few weeks, it will be fun to watch our readership’s collective efforts. For the record, here are the original six pun memes from our e-newsletter that started it all. If you wish to receive future By George newsletters, fill out the online form and we will be pleased…

3 unforgettable, very punny memes!

These past few weeks, on Facebook and Twitter, By George has been polluting our social media stream with very punny memes. Our sadistic nature has us continuing this mission through April. By way of example, here are a few of our more amusing posts this month – 3 unforgettable guffaws!   For those who have found this post via the latest By George newsletter, do you agree these are the punniest?! Was there another meme that you thought should have been selected? Send us your favourite punny memes and we will attempt to get as many posted in our Twitter feed…

5 shaggy-dog (pun-ishing) stories

Here are 5 gems to get you through the week!! King Ozymandias of Assyria was running low on cash after years of war with the Hittites. His last great possession was the Star of the Euphrates, the most valuable diamond in the ancient world. Desperate, he went to Croesus, the pawnbroker, to ask for a loan. Croesus said, “I’ll give you 100,000 dinars for it.” The King protested, “But I paid a million dinars for it! Don’t you know who I am? I am the king!” Croesus replied, “When you wish to pawn a Star, makes no difference who you…

For Lexophiles

“Lexophile” is a word used to describe those that have a love for words and twisted phrases, such as “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish”, or “to write with a broken pencil is pointless.” Here is a great list forwarded to us by good friend Dick Inwood, who is a true lexophile.   When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A. The batteries were given out free of charge. A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth…

A lesson in punctuation

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Anagrams (to admire)

PRESBYTERIAN / BEST IN PRAYER ASTRONOMER / MOON STARER DESPERATION / A ROPE ENDS IT THE EYES / THEY SEE GEORGE BUSH / HE BUGS GORE THE MORSE CODE / HERE COME DOTS DORMITORY / DIRTY ROOM SLOT MACHINES / CASH LOST IN ME ANIMOSITY / IS NO AMITY ELECTION RESULTS / LIES – LET’S RECOUNT SNOOZE ALARMS / ALAS! NO MORE Z ‘S A DECIMAL POINT / I’M A DOT IN PLACE ELEVEN PLUS TWO / TWELVE PLUS ONE     Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator?…

Really, there’s nothing like a good pun

A fellow once sat up all night wondering where the sunshine comes from…. Finally, it dawned on him. PUNS – we swear they make the world spin counter-clockwise. We absolutely love to hear that groan…. Here are three that will have your colleagues and friends looking sideways. #1 – A marine biologist developed a race of genetically engineered dolphins that could live forever if they were fed a steady diet of seagulls. One day his supply of birds ran out, so he had to go out and trap some more. On the way back, he spied two lions asleep on the road.…

Of Virtues and Vices

Writers will appreciate these listings… and, at the office, perhaps they will serve as good reference(s) for spicing up the next meeting? The 7 holy virtues: Faith – complete trust Hope – to expect with confidence Charity – goodwill and the love of humanity Prudence – control and discipline Justice – being impartial and fair Temperance – moderation in action Fortitude – strength The 7 deadly sins: Pride – excessive belief in one’s own abilities Envy – excessive desire for possession of another’s Gluttony – consuming more than one needs Lust – excessive thoughts and actions of a carnal nature Anger –…

Vonnegut’s 8 rules for writing

In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, American author Kurt Vonnegut listed eight rules for writing a short story: Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action. Start as close to the end as possible. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent…