Feeling puntillious: Shakespeare

This post was a race between my esteemed colleague and me as the following snippet, culled from a column in New Scientist magazine, was sent to both of us by a fellow galley slave in the adjacent engine room:

Sign spotted at a camping shop in Beverley, East Yorkshire: "Now is the Winter of our Discount Tents". No doubt they're designed to withstand a Tempest – as long as the guy ropes are nice and Titus Andronicus.

PS: What did the barman at the Globe say when Will Shakespeare misbehaved? "You're barred!" Homophonic levity... JD will be impressed.


Gez said...

I've seen the same fabulous pun in the window of a shop in Nottingham, next to the Robin Hood museum to be precise.

TootsNYC said...

Those are fun puns, all of them.

One of my favorite cartoon books, when I was a kid, was about "John Smith"--some big-nosed guy who popped up in all sorts of historic scenes.

In one, he's leaning on the bar next to a guy in a big pleated ruff, who looks--gee--a lot like a certain playwright. The guy in the ruff is annoyed; the guy w/ the big nose is clearly drunk and too affable. The annoyed guy says," Stop calling me Willie Shakesburg, and don't ask me 'What's in a name?'"

Anonymous said...

That's a pretty intellectual comic book you had there. I think that one would be lost on most adults I know.

TootsNYC said...

It was pretty intellectual. There were jokes about the real John Smith (of Pocahontas fame), and lots of other ones.

If I remember right, I had to have my dad explain them to me, and then I "got" them later, when we got to that part of American history, or I ran across a reference in book.

I'm wondering now whether it's possible to find it ever again.