A Freudian Slip is When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother

879 Funny, Funky, Hip, and Hilarious Puns, Gary Blake, Skyhorse Publishing.

“Puns are not the lowest form of humor; in fact, they may be the highest,” writes Gary Blake in the introduction to his collection of 879 puns. Certainly they are oft-used, especially, it seems, by comedians and headline writers, not to mention T-shirt, poster, and business paraphernalia companies, who pump out products emblazoned with puns like “Give Peas a Chance.”

Blake divides this funny book into fourteen chapters, which include: Animal Puns, Sex and the Witty, and Oldies but Goodies, the latter featuring efforts like: “No matter how much you push the envelope, it will still be stationery.” And “[seen] on a divorce lawyer’s wall: Satisfaction guaranteed or your honey back.”

But my favorites are mostly found in the section titled Great Puns in Store, highlighted by:

- Hu’s on First! (a Chinese restaurant on First Street in Winnipeg)
- Wish You Wash Here (a laundry in Coventry, England)
- Jamaican Me Hungry (a restaurant in Key West, Florida)
- Pour Judgment (a bar in Newport, Rhode Island)

Of course, there’s an almost unending array of possibilities for hair salons. Consider: Combing Attractions (Janesville, Wisconsin), and Hair Force One (Holbrook, New York).

Plus, the best hair salon name ever: Curl Up and Dye (Las Vegas, Nevada).

Of course, those who don’t enjoy puns will not appreciate a book like this one. Blake has a message for those folks: “Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.”