Posts Tagged ‘pun’

The Lawn Ranger

January 27, 2016

I like a good pun. Yes, I know, some say they are the lowest form of wit and people regard them as groan worthy. But I’m used to being in a minority so I don’t mind feeling differently from others. My dad and I used to have ad hoc punning matches. A theme would just arise and we try to outdo each other with excruciating puns. My wife and I still do it. I think my daughter’s in laws might like puns as well for they gave me this mug for Christmas and I just love the pun.


For those, and I bet there are some, who don’t get it, this is based on a popular TV cowboy show of 50 or more years ago called The Lone Ranger. And how appropriate, for lawn mowing is, by and large, a solitary activity.

So I’ll say a big thankyou to Gordon and Jan for this one. It really does amuse me.

A Good Foot Rule

February 22, 2013

How times change. As a teenage lad I had to polish my school shoes every day. These days I try to avoid ‘posh’ shoes so shoe polish rarely comes out, although it is quite satisfying when it does appear.

My grandfather was a cobbler by trade. It wasn’t really what he wanted to do. Before First World War service he had been a postman but the land fit for heroes that he returned to found no job for him. He had some skill with shoes and got a job as a cobbler. He stayed at the work for the rest of his working life. I suspect it was thanks to Grandad that we had good foot rules – and here’s one of them.


Actually, it probably wasn’t the best ruler around but I always loved that good foot rule pun. I rather liked the picture of a kiwi on the reverse as well.


I am delighted still to have this ruler which is seldom, if ever used. Like many a wooden ruler it has a compass hole bored through it at its balancing point. This boring was probably done in a lesson with the same, boring, adjective. Of course, you could irritate the teacher by spinning the ruler on the compass once the hole was there.