Weekend Word Wrap: Daffynitions

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9070024128a03624d1e9c010._AA240_.L.jpgIn the 1929 Marx Brothers film, Cocoanuts, Groucho explains to Chico his plans to develop and auction some land in Florida. It's one of their most memorable scenes, achieving immortality with the following dialogue:

Groucho: ''And here is the viaduct leading over to the mainland.''

Chico: ''Why a duck? Why a no chicken?''

All through the scene, Chico demands to know "Why a duck?" "“ his daffy take on the word viaduct.

Daffynitions are punny definitions and, like Tom Swifties, once you get going, they're a hard habit to quit. Calvin and Hobbes fans might recall this daffynition for the word pronoun: "A noun that has lost its amateur status." Other favorites of mine include indistinct: "Where a person puts the dirty dishes," and parasites: "What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower."

I'm not sure we're ready for the Best Daffynition in the world!! contest just yet, but have at it! Let's see what you loyal Word Wrappers can come up with.

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February 14, 2008 - 10:08pm
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