Saturday Morning Oys – February 26th, 2022 

P.S. This Zippy has in the meantime received the Arnold Zwicky professional treatment.

P.P.S. Here’s that word ‘serf’ again:

I just like this, more than I can defend.

A photo-OY, from Facebook group “Daily Pun”


  1. I would have put the “aye-Pad / NO-tebook” panel into the “oopsie/flops” category, because of the variations in the pronunciation(s) of “aye“. Perhaps it’s always pronounced “eye” by British speakers, but in my experience the American pronunciation for rollcall voting rhymes with “hey” (perhaps in connection with the negative vote counterpart “nay”), although the “eye” pronunciation does appear in “naval” usage: “Aye-aye, Captain!“

  2. @Kilby: really? I’ve never heard “aye” ~= “hey”! “Yea” does rhyme with “hey”.

  3. @PS3, I’m with you on that — I figure what Kilby describes as two different pronunciations of one word (‘aye’) was more a case of hearing them using two different words (‘aye’ and ‘yea’). I know at legislative roll calls I’ve heard both ‘aye’ and ‘yea’.

    [Which I would call two different words, since they have different spellings, pronunciations, and histories. They do however have the same meaning: “yes”.]

  4. The man with the pith helmet knelt down and started praying. To his surprise the tiger also knelt down and started praying. The man said, “Are you Christian?” The tiger said “Shut up! I’m saying grace.”

  5. @Carl Fink: no no, Fonzie was Canadian, that’s “Ehhhhh…”!

    (Credential: grew up in Canada. No, no Canadian would use it that way.)

  6. Henry Winkler was a guest on “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” Guests have to answer three multiple-choice questions, each with answers A, B and C.

    The game was rigged so that the correct answer to every question was A.

  7. The Nav{a,e}l Observatory is a very very old joke (or joking remark) ; but it’s still fairly fresh to have someone go there and pose in the right place with the right presentation.

  8. @ DB-LD – For example, Tom Lehrer introduced himself at a live performance in the 1960s, saying (in part) that “… he was inducted — forcibly — into the United States Army, and spent most of his indenture in Washington as sort of Army liaison to the Office of Naval Contemplation.”

    P.S. Observatory Circle is located in northwest Washington DC. Among other things, the property behind the guardhouse in the background includes the official residence of the American Vice President.

  9. P.P.S. Speaking of “…hey…”, I’m surprised that none of the geezers have mentioned “Fat Albert” (perhaps it’s been placed on the “index”, due to its creator).

  10. Re Nav{a,e}l Observatory: When I was quite young, I learned about citrus and vitamin C and scurvy. When I heard about navel oranges, I assumed they were naval oranges: oranges that were historicaly taken on sailing ships to avoid scurvy. Took me years to get it right, and (at 60) I still have to think about how to spell it when writing about oranges (only)!

  11. Winkler is from NYC. (Not sure if that he was Canadian a joke- I think it was, but not sure – this confusion is entirely a “Meryl” problem not Mark in Boston’s error.)

  12. Yes, a joke. Canadians stereotypically say “eh” frequently, like, “How’s it going eh?” Fonzie is known for giving thumb’s-up and saying “ehhh”. Or “ayyy” or some other spelling of an onomatopoeia.

  13. @ PS3 – As a young kid, I once asked where I could find the “bellybutton” oranges. Perfectly logical, but boy did I feel embarrassed when I realized my error.

  14. @Kilby — I see nothing wrong with “bellybutton” oranges! It’s closer than MY misapprehension.

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