Words & Stuff

y: Secret Yets

(22 June 1997)

A "secret yet" is a short phrase or riddle involving a pun, in which the punning word has been replaced by a synonym (and is therefore no longer a pun). They're funny in an odd sort of way -- they seem completely mundane, or incomprehensible, until you realize that they used to be puns, that they're sort of puns gone awry. Here are some examples. Click the hyperlinked phrase to see the original pun for each.

I'll print the best secret yets I receive on the reader comments and addenda page.

Jed Hartman <logophilia@kith.org>