Jody Baker: Puns Are the Highest Form Of Literature

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Elementary, Watson, said Holmes.

On Dec. 8, 2012 Philip Jones on the Hounds of the Internet posted a classic. If there has ever been a better rendering on "Elementary, Watson," I have missed it. The posting of Mr. Jones is not just superior. It is supreme. I confess that I had to read it twice to get it.

He posted a short episode wherein Eliza Stuart assigned Dr. Watson a mission to follow someone, and not be discovered. But he was to time his surveillance so that the target not be allowed to escape. However, Watson reported to Holmes that he did, in fact, let the subject escape.    

It was there that the Jones posting played with (1) the nickname of Mr. Elizer Stuart plus (2) Watson's misunderstanding of Stuart's instruction plus (3) a synonym of the word linger. With a combination of the three, Mr. Jones presented to us the crown jewel of puns --- a three-way linked pun: Sherlock Holmes said "Ellie meant tarry, Watson."

This is solid. This is three-dimensional. I don't know about you, but for Mrs. Baynes and me this gives new meaning to the words of Alfred Hitchcock when he said: "Puns are the highest form of literature." 

Most respectfully, 
Insp. Baynes

(Jody Baker is a Chattanooga attorney, who specializes in Sherlock Holmes lore. He can be reached at josiahbaker@bkhcw.com.)


Kudzu Incursion On Scenic Highway

I don't know if I am the only Lookout Mountain resident to notice that Scenic Highway is about to be one and a half lanes. Kudzu is encroaching over the guard rail and onto the road. In many places you can no longer tell where the road ends and the guard rail begins. A number of new and older drivers don't need to be guessing about where the road ends. Tommy Dickinson (click for more)

Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Greg Beck Asking County Commission Chairmanship; Others Seeking Post Behind The Scenes

Long time County Commissioner Greg Beck is seeking the chairmanship of the Hamilton County Commission, he said. Several other commissioners are working behind the scenes to try to get the top commission post. The job opened up after the unexpected defeat of Commission Chairman Fred Skillern in the August primary election. Larry Henry, who has held the chairmanship several ... (click for more)

1 Dies, 4 Injured In 2-Vehicle Crash At Soddy Daisy

One person has died in a wreck Sunday at Soddy Daisy in which four other people were injured. The wreck happened at 12:35 p.m. when a vehicle traveling north struck another vehicle that was pulling onto the highway. A small red truck was badly damaged in the crash. It happened at 12130 Dayton Pike near Tavern Sports Bar and Grille. One person was airlifted, while the ... (click for more)

Worley-Powered Vols Clobber Utah State, 38-7, In Opener

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee, trying to snap out of the doldrums of four consecutive losing seasons, started its 2014 campaign in fine fashion Sunday night before a season opening sellout crowd of 102,445 that endured a heavy rain story 30 minutes prior to kickoff. And senior quarterback Justin Worley, who missed the final four games in 2013 after undergoing thumb surgery, was ... (click for more)

Lookouts Reach Southern League Northern Division Playoffs With Doubleheader Win Over Smokies

The Chattanooga Lookouts are now playoff bound after sweeping a double-header against the Tennessee Smokies  to clinch the Southern League North Division for the second half of the season. The first game of the double-header was backed by a masterful gem of a game thrown by the starter for the Lookouts, Steve Smith (W, 3-2). Smith dominated the Smokies' lineup from top ... (click for more)