Thursday, January 6, 2011

Puns, Puns, Everywhere!

"A quibble is to Shakespeare what luminous vapours are to the traveller! he follows it to all adventures; it is sure to lead him out of his way, sure to engulf him in the mire. It has some malignant power over his mind, and its fascinations are irresistible." --Samuel "the Party Pooper" Johnson, on puns and Shakespeare

I'm positive Dr. Johnson would have just looooved this, then.  (Many thanks to Jen for sending me the link!)


Jen said...

Nice quote :)

You're quite welcome.

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

Dr. Johnson cracks me up... he can just be so snarky, when SOME people would argue that he doesn't have much room to criticize others' writing, since he wrote a DICTIONARY, for God's sake.

Homero said...

But in Big Ben's defense, that particular edition of the dictionary is pretty darn funny. Take this one:

"Oats: a grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people"


Jason Miller said...


Enbrethiliel said...


Oh, wow! That's funny!!!

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

Yeah, he was funny, but he was in it for the money.... although so was Shakespeare (and then again so am I), so I can't really fault either of them for that I guess.

I took an Elizabethan Literature course with an OLD SCHOOL professor and he had all kinds of "Dr. Johnson" stories that were hilarious, because apparently he managed to just worm his way into the public's mindset, but when I graduated and tried to find an actual record of these stories, I couldn't.

Example: Dr. Johnson and a clergyman are walking down by the river and decide to take a swim. After they've both stripped off their clothes, they hear a carriage coming down the road. Horrified, the clergyman drops both his hands to cover his naughtybits. When he looks over at Dr. Johnson, rather than covering anything indecent, the good doctor has both his hands covering his face.

"Sir, aren't you ashamed of yourself?" the clergyman asks, scandalized.

"Unlike SOME people," Dr. Johnson responds, "I am known about town by my FACE."

Homero said...

Haha, while probably not true, it does sound like *idea* of what Dr. Johnson would respond with.

Lesa said...

Ha-- made me think of Walmart for some reason!

the skinny dipping story is too funny-- especially since some clergymen do get around.

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