Big Cat, Little Cat
Good Puns are Harder than you Think
Yeah. I saw the “Lesbian feta” meme on Facebook or somewhere like that. Anyway, here goes. The strength of a pun comes from three things:
There are a lot of puns on the internet. You have probably made some yourself. The question is… how? What makes a good pun? In conversation, whether in person or over some video-chat software, speed is a factor. You’ll generally get points for how quickly you think of something. That’s not a factor in text where communication cannot be instantaneous (for all that it can be fast).
Inventiveness is also a factor. A really clever pun can be a beautiful thing. That old joke “His face was drawn but the drapes were real” is almost a poem in its own right, playing on the somber image of a drawn (i.e. tired, even grief-stricken) then lightening it with the idea of drawn meaning existing only on paper.
On the other hand, some puns work more like dominoes where you awkwardly set up a premise and then deliver a punchline that connects the dots. I hate this type of pun.
Feel free to post your favorite below! No matter how cringe-inducing!
Two cats are sitting together on a cushion: a large orange with orange stripes is looking down beatifically on a small grey with grey stripes to his right. The grey is looking out of the frame with drawn features. These cats are frenemies, even at the best of times.
Big Cat: Hey, Little Cat! I just bought feta cheese from the Greek isle of Lesbos!
Little Cat: Lesbian Feta? Okay, I can see where this is going and it’s not–
Big Cat: The sign said: “All of the feta and none of the bull!”
Little Cat: Feta comes from sheep’s milk.
Big Cat: Wait–what?
Little Cat: Yeah. So it would be “All of the feta and none of the ram.”
Big Cat: Dammit! I was looking forward to telling you that joke all morning!
Little Cat: Really? I couldn’t tell.