Kirby,I don't thing your simple pun qualifies as a Dorthy Parkerism. Parker's famous "horticulture" quip is not really a pun, so much as it is an exploitation of an unexpected homophonic equivalence that involves a re-framing of word boundaries. But I'm glad that my poem reminded of Parker, even if you didn't acknowledge it ;-).Would you take Dorothy for a ride? No, I'd rather Parker.When I took the survey, and they asked me if I believed in climate change, I put an Exxon the “no.”
I think, Stu, that your "homophonic equivalence" definition is actually the definition of a pun.But this wasn't inspired by your poem (which I didn't understand at all!).Not that you're not full of inspiration. This quip or whatever it is was rather something I got on waking up this morning at 4 am. I couldn't sleep, and this phrase slipped into my mind, and made me laugh very hard. Maybe you had to be there.I actually banged my head on my desk I was laughing so hard.It turned out to not be quite as funny as that for others, but I humbly submit it without drum roll to the possibility of others' mirth.It might be funnier if you're bored by the anti-drilling crowd.
>It might be funnier if you're bored by the anti-drilling crowd.Many girls are.
Kirby,I think, Stu, that your "homophonic equivalence" definition is actually the definition of a pun.Yes, but that's why the definition didn't stop there. It's the reframing of word boundaries that distinguishes Parkerism from puns.But this wasn't inspired by your poem (which I didn't understand at all!).Oy. Jokes always lose something when you have to explain them.Pope trippedLuther ranLady OptimismSir RealistSigh. But anyway, I lay claim to creating the antonymic Parkerist koan as a poetic form (and I'd even thought of Parker when I did it), and thereby claim the title of Master Meta-Poet. All you lesser mortals may commence shuddering at your own lee shore ;-).
Among us, only JH could have grokked the original intent much less the explanation (which was even more bizarre). Still, we thank you for your bizarreness, Stu, and commend you for it.
Kirby,Among us, only JH could have grokked the original intent much less the explanation (which was even more bizarre).Maybe, but jh would not have approved of the first verse. There be no tripping Popes around our Monk!As for bizarre, I thought the terms of the contest were bizarre in their own right, and deserved a reply in kind. I wonder how many of you guys will get both side of the Parkerist Melville allusion. Even with a hint.
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