Writers and language: a humor mashup


Welcome to Tuesday Terrific, where we celebrate getting over the Monday hump and picking up speed for the rest of the week.

After spending the weekend at the Malice Domestic convention with fellow mystery writers and fans, discussing murder and mayhem in the rarified environment of hotel banquet halls, meeting rooms and lounges, I’ve been on the lookout for writer humor, and the absurdities of language in general.  I seem to be finding examples everywhere, which I took to be A SIGN.  I must blog about it.  Besides, who couldn’t use a few laughs?

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Let’s start small: the lowly comma

The difference between fur coats and party animals:

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The difference between a cuddly-looking zoo animal and a psychopathic furball:

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The difference between a domestic diva and a character from Silence of the Lambs:

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Who knew such a simple little hook-shaped entity could carry so much power?!  Folks say the pen is mightier than the sword.  I think the comma is mightier than the sword:

Here’s a hilarious example of the power of punctuation, from Victor Borge:

“Phonetic Punctuation”

You know you’re a writer if:

1. A relaxing beach vacation gives you an idea for a murder plot:

2. You have to be able to write – anywhere:

For that best-seller idea that comes to you in the shower, here’s AquaNotes.  Hey, why take chances?

from inewidea.com


3. For the “retro” writer – you’re enchanted with the good old days of hunching over a typewriter, a litter of empty booze bottles at your feet.

Here’s something special for you, retro writer!  Of course, you’ll need a spare “5 to 8 hours to complete this fun project, depending on skill level with a soldering iron.”  As for the litter of empty booze bottles…well, you’ll have to come up with that on your own.

from Etsy.com


4. You like to make palindromes out of your pets:

yep, the TACOCAT is back!

What other telltale signs can you think of?  Do any of these resonate with you?  I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,


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33 thoughts on “Writers and language: a humor mashup”

  1. Kristen LambKristen Lamb

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Wonderful way to start the day. Love the clean look of the site. It’s really come a long way. Good job!

  2. Margot KinbergMargot Kinberg

    Kathy – What a great pick-me-up! I love it. Oh, and folks, I recommend reading Eats, Shoots and Leaves . It’s a great book :-). And the taco cat? Priceless!

  3. Ginger CalemGinger Calem

    Oh, I might have to get the aqua-note! Love it!

  4. Julie GloverJulie Glover

    Love this post, Kathy! I adore Eat, Shoots & Leaves, and all of the comma humor.

    Your Victor Borge video reminded me of one of my favorite bits with him and Dean Martin. They did a musical version of phonetic pronunciation on Martin’s show: http://youtu.be/N7L02tCNi0I. Hilarious.

  5. Ellie AnnEllie Ann

    Hilarious! My favorite was “I’m inspired by cooking my pets and my loved ones.” haha! Great mashup, Kathy.

  6. Prudence MacLeodPrudence MacLeod

    This rocks Kathy…no, wait I meant This rocks, Kathy. Yeah, that it. geesh

  7. Janice HamrickJanice Hamrick

    Awesome post! My favorite is the Stop Clubbing, Baby Seals!

  8. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    Great post! I vote for the shower thought pad, too, though I’ve taken super short showers since I learned about water-wasting in the 3rd grade. Barely time for a haiku. Then again, I do love write-dreaming in the tub on occasion. Hmm…

  9. Karen McFarlandKaren McFarland

    I do like the look of your site Kathy! It looks great! Where did you find all those crazy pics? LOL! Taco cat is back. LOL! And I love the shower notes! 🙂

  10. Natalie HartfordNatalie Hartford

    Hysterical! I loved it, especially the video. I had tears running down my face. Squeee!! And the USB typewriter – OMG – amazing!!! WAHAHAHA!
    Thanks for the FAB start to my day!

  11. Pat O'Dea RosenPat O'Dea Rosen

    “Use a comma. Save a life!” is my new motto. Loved the mash-up!

  12. ReettaReetta

    Brilliant images. It’s amazing how big difference commas can make in a sentence.

  13. Jennifer JensenJennifer Jensen

    What fun, Kathy! Yes, the Aqua Notes are cool, and Let’s Eat Grandma is classic, but I LOVE the seals and the typewriter conversion! Thanks for the giggle.

  14. Kim Terry SchwarzKim Terry Schwarz

    Love the Aqua Notes, as well as the beach cartoon. Great job, Kathy!

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