“I See” Said the Blind Man: Wellerisms

My father thought wellerisms were soooo funny! His favorite was “I see,” said the blindpile of books man. I would politely chuckle while he was cackling at his own cleverness.

Wellerisms are, without getting too technical, a type of pun based on a conflict between the literal and figurative sense of the phrase. Get it? “I see,” said the blind man is a perfect example of this. Here’s a few more:

  • “I’ll meet you at the corner” one wall said to the other.
  • “I’ll raise you two,” said the wealthy lady to the orphans.
  • “Don’t get in a jam,” said one strawberry to another.
  • “That’s an old gag,” said the cashier, as the thief bound and gagged his victim.
  • “We’ll have to rehearse that,” said the undertaker as the coffin fell out of the car.
  • “Simply remarkable,” said the teacher when asked her opinion about the new dry-erase board.

I welcome more examples!

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