Friday, April 20, 2012
Oh, that's so Punny!
I won't give examples of the ones that make me groan. No sense in creating enemies among my fellow writers. Actually I think the titles are often thought up by the marketing department at the publishing houses and not the fault of writers at all.
I've actually always loved them. The first ones I remember were signs on shops in our village. The butchers shop said, "Happy to Meat You," and the fishmonger said, "If you want fish, here is the plaice." Even the coal merchant joined in with "one good tun deserves another." We were obviously quite a witty village!
Then the hairdressers got into the act. Shear Locks, A Cut Above, I'm sure your town has a hairdressing salon with a punny name. So why the punny names? Do they make us sit up and take notice? Make us think that a witty person inhabits that premises? Would a punny name drive you to a particular hairdresser, or make you buy a particular book, for that matter? I'm not sure.
What do you feel about puns--love 'em or hate 'em? Anyone have a favorite pun to share?