Q: If a priest is defrocked, what happens to a lawyer who is fired?
A: A lawyer is debriefed, of course!
That's the format for a punning game created by Spider Robinson. Spider is a pretty good science fiction writer with a REALLY good sense of humor. (See the previous blog entry "God is an Iron")
The game I call "Spider's Game" first appeared in one of his novels (Callahan's Lady, I believe). His characters reel off whole sequence of delightfully awful puns.
Now, I haven't got the book in front of me, but here are some other examples:
A statistician is demeaned.
A skunk is distinct.
A dressmaker is depleated.
A lazy person is diseased.
And two spectacularly bad puns:
A vegetable juice manufacturer is deviated.
A priest with the New York City Transit Authority receives disPennStation.
Well, that's the basis of our new contest: Create as many entries to Spider's Game as possible. There will be two prizes awarded this time around, one for the most valid entries, and one for the single worst (you know, best) pun.
Here are the rules (such as they are):
1) All entries are to be in the form "A(n) __________ is __________" All the descriptive words are to start with the prefixes "dis" or "de" and have to be real words.
2) Entries have to be a pun, rather than a real world example.
3) Only ONE ENTRY AT A TIME. Someone else has to post an entry before you can post a second entry. This is to encourage frequent posting, to prevent one person from hogging all the obvious entries, and to force return visits .
4) The contest will continue until the end of June 2010, or until there have been no new posts for 72 hours, whichever is later.
Friends and relatives are encouraged to enter, as are complete strangers. Decisions of Fearless Leader are (as usual) arbitrary and final.
Read, set, GO!