This definitely falls into Princess-and-the-Pea territory, but it bugs me whenever I see things like this (from the new Sight and Sound, August 2010):
See what they did there? Gruff Rhys looks a bit like a Power Ranger, and he’s from Wales, therefore he’s a “Powys Ranger”.
Exept Gruff Rhys isn’t from Powys. He was born in Pembrokeshire, brought up in Gwynedd, and as far as I know, lives in Cardiff. (Actually I don’t know that, and if it turns out that he lives in Builth Wells or something, I’m going to feel pretty stupid.)
So, a pun predicated on ignorance of Welsh geography/pop singer biography. Well done, Sight and Sound.
Like I said, it’s trivial, and harmless as far as it goes, but the review itself, of Dylan Goch’s Separado!, was excellent, and actually brings up the general ignorance of Welsh cultural history amongst “anyone outside of Wales”. So, it bugs me. I was bugged to such an extent, after reading this in the bathroom at 5 o’clock this morning, that I was unable to get back to sleep and started obsessively trying to think of examples of “puns” that you’ll never see in Sight and Sound, most of which seemed to involve Christopher Eccleston and Yorkshire pudding and none of which was very funny.
My point being, that a pun involving Chris Eccleston and Yorkshire pudding would only make sense if the reader didn’t know that Eccleston comes from Salford, or perhaps didn’t know that Salford isn’t in Yorkshire, or, maybe, just maybe, knew both of these facts but was capable of ignoring them for the sake of enjoying some punful revelry.
But that would be stupid, wouldn’t it?