Stupid Pun Tricks

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Nov 10 14:37:17 UTC 2010

On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 7:32 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> CNN reports that more men than women lost their jobs during the recession.
> So it was really a "HE-cession, a MAN-cession."
> "HE-cession" (note stress) is a pretty lame pun, but "MAN-cession" is just
> plain stupid.
> Of course, if you spell it "man-session" you can wax even more profound.

Here's Nancy Friedman on "man-cession":


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