BETCHA DIDN'T KNOW
"Cynthia MacGregor is one of the world's most
joyful and re-wording pun-up girls."
~ Richard Lederer, International
Punster of the Year and author of "Get Thee to a Punnery"
"Hilarious. Cynthia MacGregor has the unique
ability to make one one-liner after the next naturally lead into
another one-liner, resulting in the inability to stop laughing. You’ll
rupture your diaphragm from the spasms, and if you try to read it after
surgery, will break all your stitches. Warning: Never try to read more
than one chapter at a time."
~ Stan Kegel, Publisher, "Puns
of the Day", and a judge of the O. Henry World Championship Pun-Offs
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW is a PUNderful conglomeration of
pun-filled vignettes, covering over 20 topics from Astronomy to Zeus.
Cynthia MacGregor’s CYNtillating book is indeed titillating, and it
confirms her reputation as the 2005 Punster of the Year.
~ Jim Ertner, Author, Punster of
the Year (2009)
Cynthia MacGregor seeks to
entertain us in her collection of observations, titled Betcha
Didn’t Know, and in a number of respects, she succeeds. That
said, the prospective reader should know what this book is actually
since the title can be a bit misleading. Better we should take a closer
at the subtitle: A Compundium of Miss
Inflammation. That’s right; what we are getting here is not a
obscure, yet amusing trivia, but, instead a relentless assault of puns.
as to the art of the
pun (and, yes, it is an art form), there are, I believe, three classes
people. On one hand, you have the least receptive class: those who
despise puns, maybe consisting of 10% of the population. To those sad
would say, much like our friend, Mr. Policeman, “Move along, folks,
the opposite end of the
spectrum, perhaps making up another 10% of the population and almost
including the author, you have those people who live for the pun. In
you will probably enjoy the dickens out of this book.
the remaining 80% of
us, we pretend to hate puns, calling them groaners, after the imagined
they are meant to provoke, yet we always keep our ears open and cleaned
next one. That is not to say we will automatically relish it (and,
MacGregor, I use that term entirely without reference to any hot dog
but we will certainly keep an open mind. For us, this book affords a
of puns to consider.
be frank: a good
many of them you will probably consider a bit too far to stretch. A
of them will be ones you have heard before or (like the reviewer)
yourself at some point in the past. On the other hand, you will almost
certainly find a number of puns that are new, fresh and excellent
be inflicted on your colleagues, as though you, and not the author,
her best, Cynthia
MacGregor puts us in the mood for wordplay. For example, when she
“Abe Lincohen” as our first Jewish president, the thought occurred to
course he was. After all, wasn’t he shot in the temple? And any book
engages us in any way, be it whimsy, anger, sentiment or laughter is a
Thomas Cleveland Lane, Poet