'Nom de plume'
Plume - plumage - feathers - where do you see feathers? - on birds - in the headgear of Native Americans.
This thought process took a very short time - at most 5 minutes.
I am glad to have arrived at the subject of Native Americans, because they all have given names based on their personalities or achievements, names which can change across a lifetime.
For this post, Native American's names can be looked at as 'nom de plumes'.
My next port of call is the internet. I want to bone up on the most famous American Indians - are there any with names we can use for laughs?.
JOKE SAMPLE 1
Geronimo is high up on the list.
The facts I want to use are that his name meant 'He who yawns,' that he had 6 wives like Henry the 8th and that his name has 8 letters.
The joke I get to from this is:
Geronimo's name means 'He who yawns.' His name has 8 letters, so I think he should've been called 'Geronimo the 8' which would tie him in with Henry the 8th: who just like Geronimo had 6 wives..
You know, I'm not surprised he was known as a yawner, he did after all have to keep 6 women satisfied at all times.
JOKE SAMPLE 2
Crazy Horse is next.
His name actually meant 'His horse is crazy'.
Does this mean the horse was mentally ill? Was it a bipolar sufferer or schizophrenic? Did it ever suffer from depression?
I see a joke in this, stemming from the thought that should Crazy Horse's horse's mental condition change, the great Chief might want a new name.
Needing alternative words for 'horse' and for mental health conditions, I look them up in my thesaurus. On the grounds that alliteration can make a joke funnier, I choose 'doldrums' and 'dobbin.'
I see Crazy Horse's horse is suffering from depression now.
Yes. I understand he's thinking of changing his name from Crazy Horse to Dobbin Doldrums.
JOKE SAMPLE 3
A plume of white smoke signifies a new Pope has been chosen.
Is there a link from this to 'nom de plume'? Yes, because all new popes choose a new papal name, different from their real name. The current pope's actual name is Jorge Mario but as pope he wants to be called Francis.
Well, how on earth do you crowbar something funny out of that?
My breakthrough here was the question that, like Geronimo and Crazy Horse, could a pope be an Indian?
Did you know the new pope is a Native American Indian? Well, his selection was announced by the Vatican with a plume of white smoke... and I can announce that the new papal name he's chosen is Big Pope White-Smoke the 1st.
Well, although this is the 'One Joke Campaign', I've given you the workings-out of three gags. This is to make up for not posting for a couple of days recently.
I hope you're getting a lot out of the Campaign and I look forward to sharing my next post.
Very best regards,