Your Favorite Plays on Words
Well. I learned a new word today.
I found it when I was looking up the origin of the often used saying "...a blind man said "I see" to the deaf man..." or something like that.
Wellerism \WEH-luh-rih-zum\ noun
: an expression of comparison comprising a usually well-known quotation followed by a facetious sequel.
Forgetful (but witty) Aunt Lynn's favorite Wellerism is, "'It all comes back to me now', said the Captain as he spat into the wind."
Did you know?
Sam Weller, Mr. Pickwick's good-natured servant in Charles Dickens' _The Pickwick Papers_, and his father were fond of following well-known sayings or phrases with humorous or punning conclusions. For example, in one incident in the book, Sam Weller quips, "What the devil do you want with me, as the man said, w[h]en he see the ghost?" Neither Charles Dickens nor Sam Weller invented that type of word play, but Weller's tendency to use such witticisms had provoked people to start calling them "Wellerisms" by 1839, soon after the publication of the novel. Some examples of common Wellerisms are "'Every one to his own taste,' said the old woman as she kissed the cow," and "'I see,' said the blind man."
And some more about wellerism:
I think my favorite is this one:
“It won’t be long now,” said the monkey when he backed into the electric fan.
What is a speciman in Italy?
It's an Italian astronaut
"Women should be obscene and not heard" - John Lennon.
Eats Shoots and Leaves.....
Commas save lives!
Let's eat, Grandma.
Let's eat Grandma.
Pardon impossible, to be sent to Siberia.
Pardon, impossible to be sent to Siberia.
From Young Frankenstein:
“You haven’t even touched your food.” — Inga
“There. Now I’ve touched it. Happy? — Dr. Frankenstein, after slapping the food