Puns on puns on puns on puns on puns.
About a year ago, I did a list of 11 Businesses Whose Names Are Absurdly Nerdy Puns. And since puns are my weakness much like Pepa’s weakness is MEN!, I just kept on collecting these photos. And today, I’ve got another installment of businesses that chose nerdy pun names — sometimes, it seems, in spite of their potentially negative consequences.
1 | Indiana Bones [and the] Temple of Groom
While very close to a porn parody title, I appreciate the unabashed double pun in this business name. I don’t love the exclusion of “and the,” but the sign only had a finite width, I guess. This business, by the way, is nowhere near Indiana — it’s in Simi Valley, California — which earns bonus points for the brave geographical confusion.
2 | Lino Richie
“Lino Richie” on its own is just so-so. I wouldn’t have thought of “linoleum” from “lino,” since the pun-related pronunciation would be “lyno” and not “lihno.” But that slogan? Marry me.
3 | Art Barfunkel
I wonder if it’s next door to a tinier but more successful bar called Pub Simon.
4 | ReINKarnation
If you’re going to sell something everyone hates buying, I guess you have to have some modicum of fun with it.
5 | World of Woolcraft
Targeting that lucrative knitting + MMORPG crowd, I see. Perhaps not the Venn diagram intersection I personally would’ve staked my career on, but what do I know?
6 | Its [SIC] So Right Its [SIC] Sarong
They were, apparently, so hot on the pun that they couldn’t bother with apostrophes.
7 | Spruce Springclean
They’re out of Brighton, in the U.K. — not Brighton, New Jersey like they should be. Not sure why their slogan isn’t “Born to Clean”; seems extremely logical.
8 | Baguetteaboudit!
Using an Italian-American catchphrase to sell French bread? Bueno.
9 | I Feel Like Crepe
Bold business strategy to not-so-subtly give your food a scatalogical connotation. Feels like the pun would’ve been killed in committee if this had been a group project. Why not the Crepes of Wrath or Who’s Eating Gilbert’s Crepes?
10 | Sew It Seams
With the chance of two puns in three words, I feel like the opportunity here was just too good to pass up. Even if they didn’t want a pun name, once this was proposed, inevitability struck.
11 | Jean-Claude Van Man
I like the chutzpah of the name, but “Jean-Claude’s Damn Van” was sitting RIGHT there.