Hurricane of puns from The Emerald City of Oz – Did you know that L. Frank Baum, author of the Wizard of Oz series of books, was a pun master? Check out this excerpt from “The Emerald City of Oz” for a hurricane of puns – and enjoy!
“I’d like to smooth this thing over, in some way,” said a flatiron, earnestly. “We are supposed to be useful to mankind, you know.”
“But the girl isn’t mankind! She’s womankind!” yelled a corkscrew.
“What do you know about it?” inquired the King.
“I’m a lawyer,” said the corkscrew, proudly. “I am accustomed to appear at the bar.”
“But you’re crooked,” retorted the King, “and that debars you. You may be a corking good lawyer, Mr. Popp, but I must ask you to withdraw your remarks.”
“Very well,” said the corkscrew, sadly; “I see I haven’t any pull at this court.”
“Permit me,” continued the flat iron, “to press my suit, your Majesty. I do not wish to gloss over any fault the prisoner may have committed if such a fault exists, but we owe her some consideration, and that’s flat!”