A trip around America’s punny businesses

Punny Businesses

If you like to play with language, you’ll like this: “Behold: The Ultimate Crowdsourced Map of Punny Businesses in America” (from Atlas Obscura).

Before you go looking in your dictionary for the word “punny” please stop and think about it (and you might not find it in your dictionary anyway). If you know the words “pun” (a play on words) and “funny,” you’ll figure it out.

Browsing the map is one kind of language test. Can you understand English puns? Are any of them funny? (Many are eye-roll worthy for native speakers, too, so don’t think English speakers think all of these — or even that many — are actually laugh-out-loud funny.)

Here are a few examples:

  • Human Bean — a coffee shop in Bend, Oregon
  • Hair Force — a hair/nail salon in Hawaii
  • Wok N Roll — a restaurant (presumably Chinese) in Vermont
  • All You Knead — a bakery in Beacon, New York
  • Vacman and Bobbin — a vacuum cleaner and sewing machine sales in Concord, New Hampshire
  • On What Grounds? — a coffee shop in Berlin, Maryland
  • The Lone Arranger — a florist in Ingleside, Texas
  • Olive Or Twist — a bar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I like this, too, because it’s crowdsourced. When you want to gather a lot of information, what better way is there than crowdsourcing?

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