Ready to do ROFL? Here's a 296-page dictionary

If you are the kind who loves to ‘pun’ for fun, then this book could be the ‘write’ stuff to keep you in good spirits.

Published: 22nd October 2013 08:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd October 2013 08:07 AM   |  A+A-


If you are the kind who loves to ‘pun’ for fun, then this book could be the ‘write’ stuff to keep you in good spirits. Embedded with hilarious new definitions of English words, ‘The Udder Side’ offers you many fall-off-the-chair-opportunities at one go. In short, the chances are more that you might ROFL.

Based on the Dictionary of English, the book presents the witty side of words and their meanings - all redefined. Written by Mumbai-based dentist-cum-author P V Subramaniam, this 296-page ‘laughing stock’ can definitely be a meaningless exercise for those who hate humour. Because, if A is for Apple then here B stands for Balls! The meaning of Abut can also be: ‘an object that can be accommodated in an economy-class airline seat.’ And, a Nurse is ‘someone you saw before the operation and thought you were going to heaven.’

While what’s humorous to one can be ‘tumorous’ to another, Subramaniam needs to be appreciated for his painstaking research in putting together the idea. The illustrations by Mark Wood add colour to this unique concept of humour. So, did the author cross the LoC in his attempt to inject humour? Well, he has definitely on many occasions. But again, we are living in an era when even dads are often referred to as dudes by their sons! “My dad is a cool dude, yeah!”

Here are a few examples of Subramaniam’s joyride onboard the time-tested dictionary, trusted by millions and treated differently by a few. From now on, Jail can also be ‘a jolly place where you could check out the bars everyday’; a journalist is ‘a person contributing to VAT - value-added toilet paper’; Judge is ‘a chap who get his sentences right by trial and error’; Egypt is ‘the country where even the daddies became mummies’; hit-and-run is an ‘attribute of US presidents who hit on their staff and still run for office’; a paratrooper is a ‘down-to-earth guy you find in the air force; but even he comes with strings attached’; pram is ‘a device for pushy parents’; shot-put is ‘a sport for adventurous men to test how far their balls can travel’; and Titanic is ‘a ship preferred by scuba enthusiasts.’

There are many more merry synonyms to tickle your funny bone. You just need to possess one.

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