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Brits Love Their Puns

The Elephant House

I was trying to come up with a pun for the title, but can’t think of anything…As you might’ve guessed already, this post will be about a thing British people really seem to love: puns. I guess English, with its inconsistency between spoken and written language, is perfect for producing puns. (Btw, ‘The Elephant House’ is not a pun, it’s one of the cafes where J.K.Rowling wrote Harry Potter. Just chucked it in there to confuse you.)

(If you don’t know what a pun is, it’s: ‘A play on words, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words.’)

We don’t really have a ‘pun-culture’ in Finland, but here in the UK you’ll find shops with carefully thought out funny names everywhere. I’ve seen loads here in Edinburgh, but have only managed to snap a photo of a few. Enjoy!

codfather fish n chips Edinburgh

Criminally good Fish & Chips. Yet to try it out!

Cashino

I can just hear Sean Connery trying to say ‘casino’…

BaGet Stuffed Edinburgh

Baguette shop telling you to get lost? Wonder if they confused ‘stuff your face’ with ‘get stuffed’…

HappieeDaze

Not sure if this name refers to a ‘happy daze’ that visiting this cafe will produce, or to the TV-show ‘Happy Days’? Why is ‘happy’ spelled ‘happiee’ and why is there a guy with a sombrero above the name? Anyone?

Dough Re Mi

It doesn’t look like this place has much more going for it than the name.

the write stuff

This stationery shop located in the Stockbridge area is quite a cute one.

THAI ME UP

Thai food always makes me think of bondage. Erm, not.

TravelByBus

This is not actually a shop, but an advertisement for buses that you’ll find on must bus stops in Edinburgh. They make me laugh every time I see them – these ads look like they were made in the 80s (who knows, maybe they were??) and are just really badly executed. Seriously, who thinks a great night out is spent on a bus?? The colours, light, cropping, copywriting and the whole idea is just so wrong. I really wonder who the city of Edinburgh has paid for these. (And how much!)

The shops up until here are all in Edinburgh, but can’t resist including some really funny store puns from other places that I found online. I hope you find these as hilarious as I do!

Abra Kebabra

Magic kebabs.

curl up an dye

This is where you go to curl up and dye…Quite a risky one don’t you think?!

FLORIST GUMP

Don’t really know what Forrest Gump and florists have in common…Any ideas guys?

pita pan

I prefer Pita Pan to Peter Pan.

LETTUCE EAT

To get some of these puns you really have to say the words out loud.

JUAN IN A MILLION

Loving this one! 🙂

PETS AND THE CITY

Not quite as chic and sexy as Sex and the City, but good effort anyway.

MEAT U THERE

This kinda works.

THAITANIC

Another thai-inspired one. Again, don’t quite get what Thai food and Titanic has in common…Other than that it makes a funny restaurant name!

Sellfridges

Last but not least, this “shop” in Stoke Newington, London, is just amazing! However, I don’t think that Selfridge’s (voted the best department store in the world) posh reputation has quite managed to rub off on this street store…

I think we could need some humour in Finnish shops too!

Until next time,

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!

  • Annika

    Very funny! Finland also use puns to some extent, usually sounding very stupid, but daammmn i can’t come and thing of any write now. We have few of them at the moment shown on ads all over Helsinki. I will write them here when I remember them…

    October 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Please do let me know what they are if you remember!

      October 2, 2013 at 7:24 pm
  • Dina

    Great! 🙂 I really enjoyed this one! 🙂

    October 23, 2013 at 9:45 am
    • ninaaikas

      Thanks, glad it made you smile 🙂

      October 23, 2013 at 11:57 am
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