A Small Rant on Puns

First, I love ’em. Most people groan and at least profess contempt when they hear one. I laugh. So it threatens to trigger my depressive tendencies when I see the new Red Lobster commercials which end with someone involved in the restaurant saying, “I sea food differently,” with no apparent attempt at humor implied. This is what depresses me: In these days of haow dair u tel mi haw 2 spel, I fear they don’t try to make a joke out of the visual pun because they don’t think we’ll recognize it as one.

Okay, small rant over.

Since it’s food day at the blog, and in honor of my sea food rant (so Davey Jones [the Pirates of the Caribbean guy, not the Monkeys guy], would say, “I sea dead people”? [pun intended duh])–I lost my place. Oh, yeah, in honor of my sea food rant and my previous eBook (still $2.99 and cheap at the price) EEL’S REVERENCE (not about eels), I offer you this column I did for World Wide Recipes during September back in the year 2006:

Once upon a time, I was a member of The Society for Creative Anachronism, and retain a great love for many things medieval. More than a few of my entries will probably come from books left over from that other life, when I was the lady poet, Maude McEwen.

Animals appear often in heraldry but, although we’re familiar with lions, serpents and birds, the humble fish also has its place: salmon, herring, cod, eels, whelks, scallops, crabs and crayfish. They’re usually represented alive, sometimes obviously swimming and sometimes in formation like members of an underwater chorus line. The poor lobster, alas, is usually represented only by his claw. The cod is sometimes shown prepared for winter storage: headless and open and apparently salted. Eels are sometimes shown peeking, in a row, over the edge of a cooking pot.

WRITING PROMPT: Does your main character commit many careless spelling errors, overlook them in others, or carry a permanent marker to correct them on signs?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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