For some reason, puns ( usually by Tim Vine ) often win the best gag contest at the Edinburgh Fringe. We at Jot 101 are at a loss to understand why this should be so. Truly witty people hardly ever use puns to get a laugh. In the following third helping of samples from a small bound collection of cuttings collected by a comedian around the year 1900 there are no puns, just witty, often sardonic, or even zany, asides. They are all the better for that.
Druggist: “ Yes, madam, I remember very well your buying a stamp.”
Lady: “ Well I put it on a very important letter and posted it. It has not been received. I want you to understand that I shall buy my stamps elsewhere if this occurs again.”
“ Excuse me, but it seems to me that I must have met you before. Are you not a brother or near relative of Major Jones ?”
“ No, I am Major Jones himself.”
“ Ah, indeed ! That explains the remarkable resemblance “.
A French lady once said to her husband, who was much given to gesticulation, “ Don’t talk so much, dear, you’ll tire your arms.”
Mr Howland: “I tell you, Maria, you’re worrying over nothing. I can stop smoking any time I want to.”
Mrs Howland: “Well, then, stop now.”
Mr Howland: “But I don’t want to now.” Continue reading