Chilling Puns

Ice Cream Van PunPUNS ARE BAD ENOUGH FOR BUSINESS, BUT BAD PUNS ARE WORSE!

Look at this Ice Cream Van in the picture (click on picture to enlarge); painted on the back are the words “HAVE A ICE DAY”.

It seems to me that the message the ice cream sellers want to get across is “Have a nice day”, with the implication that an ice cream might help in that aim. They seem to have wanted to somehow merge “ice cream” and “nice day” — maybe using some wit — perhaps a pun?  They must have scratched their heads and rubbed their chins for ages in deep thought on this one.  The obvious solution to most people would probably have been this:

HAVE A NICE DAY
HAVE AN ICE DAY

In other words, simply moving the space makes the perfect pun — an elegant wordplay, the two phrases sounding almost the same, merely the accent or stress moving from nice to ice.  Sublime.

Close up of ice cream van punHowever, they missed all that, and plumped for the ‘orrible:

HAVE A ICE DAY

— Which sounds like a machine gun stutter at best!  Yes, things are certainly getting worse!  Children see this everyday, so it’s no wonder standards are slipping!

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