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

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

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

“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.”