Mondays with Mike: Pun names

June 5, 2017 • Posted in Mike Knezovich, Mondays with Mike, Uncategorized by

No matter where I’ve lived, and no matter where I’ve traveled, I’ve noticed a commonality, and I’m not sure it’s heartening or not: It’s the love of so-good-they’re-bad punny names for certain businesses.

Not all businesses mind you, but for some reason, certain businesses just bring out the best/worst in their pun making owners.

Photos of porta potty.

There’s a Pepe Le Pew joke here for the taking.

Take the beauty business—hair salons, tanning joints, etc. I can riff off a dozen that I’ve seen just driving around over the years. (From Hair to Eternity is one of my favorites.) But I Googled and it’s really a thing. I mean really a thing. Take this Buzzfeed feature—there are 18 featured altogether, and if you have the nerve, by all means look at them all. Here’s a quick sampling:

Grateful Head

Combing Attractions

Scissors of Ahhhz

There’s something about grooming, because the same thing goes for pet groomers and boarders. Have any doubt? Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is go through this roll call of pun names at AtlasObscura titled A Round of Appaws for America’s Best Pet Care Plans. A few examples:

Noah’s Arf



And of course, there is the porta potty business. Even the tag lines are ripe for exploit—Number 1 in the number 2 business for example. Chicago is well represented in this old but still good AdWeek piece on porta potty company names. Just a few:


Wizards of Ooze

Doodie Calls

I’m thinking about opening a waxing business. I’m gonna call it Grin and Bare It.

The Wife of Bath On June 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm

This is pretty much the best post ever.

Mary Rayis On June 5, 2017 at 10:40 pm

Being a lover of puns, I enjoyed your post, Mike!

Mel Theobald On June 6, 2017 at 12:38 am

Mike, I’m not a good judge of whether this is the best post ever, but a pun from a Southside salon that always got me was “Curl Up and Dye.”

Mike On June 6, 2017 at 10:03 am

Mel, I think that one is actually listed at the BuzzFeed thing! If not, I saw it online somewhere.

Mary, me, too. Totally guilty pleasure.

Wife of Bath, thanks, you made my week.

Michael B. On June 6, 2017 at 10:06 am

I always chuckle when I see one of this company’s trucks around town:

Mike On June 6, 2017 at 10:21 am

Ha! Thanks MB.

Sheila A. Donovan On June 6, 2017 at 11:01 am

I’m thinking of opening a sewer cleaning business named SUCK IT UP.

Deborah Darsie On July 31, 2017 at 9:33 pm

When I was stationed in Germany, the business name for the porta potties was Toi Toi.
Imagine seeing a flatbed truck of them on the Autobahn.

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