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Words are Fun

Shel Silverstein has long been one of my favorite purveyor of words. He was a cartoonist starting out in the 1950s and also wrote many song lyrics. My favorite work was the 1974 poem collection, Where the Sidewalk Ends. I loved that book right from the title. I was such a country gal and felt my life pretty much began where the city sidewalk ended. Silverstein had his own style and for his children’s books, that mostly meant a whole lot of fun, sometimes nonsensical, always whimsical. I was kept away from “such books” as a kid but by the time I hit adulthood, I had developed a sharp sense of humor, favoring puns and one-liners. When I first read Silverstein, I knew I’d found a mastermind of silly. If you haven’t done so in awhile, spend some time Where the Sidewalk Ends, guaranteed to make you chuckle.

Here’s a joke for you, not one of Silverstein’s, but one that makes fun with words anyway. Enjoy!

“Once upon a time there was a farmer who married a pretty young lady. A couple of years later, his bride gave birth to twins. They were elated and named the boys Pete and Repeat. Two years went by and she gave birth once again, this time to twin girls. The couple named these babies, Joyce and (you guessed it) Rejoice. The following spring their prize goat had quadruplets. They named the kids, Eeny, Meeny, Miny, and George. They didn’t want no Mo’.”


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Orthography is… no, wait! Please don’t go?

I was just going to say that orthography is the science of spelling. Did you honestly already know that? I was thinking ‘birds’ when I first saw the word but that would be ornithology. Now I will admit that anything else I say about this subject will no doubt be boring to anyone that isn’t a wordie like me. So let me tell a few jokes instead, how’s that?

This first one is for my Portlandia friends, well, for anyone who resides in the Pacific Northwest or indeed, any region that receives significant rainfall. Ready? (You’ll find the answers at the bottom of this article.)

Q: What do you call the first sunny day after three straight days of rain?

I need to make a disclaimer for the next one, this is for all the ‘redhead’ jokes I may tell in the future as well. “I am a true redhead so I can get away with telling these jokes!”

Q: What is the difference between a pit bull and a redhead?

Q: Did you hear about the man who didn’t know the difference between Vaseline and window putty?

Answers: Monday!, Lipstick, His windows fell out. (What were you thinking!?)

One more, this one’s kid proof.

Q: Do you know why the cookie went to the doctor? A: He felt crummy.

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