What better time than April Fools' Day to host a roundtable of pun pundits? On this edition, our witty committee give their best (and worst) puns a swing. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!


  • C.J. Janovy is an arts reporter for KCUR.
  • Dan Margolies is editor of Heartland Health Monitor.
  • David M. Fulk is director of philanthropic giving at KCUR.
  • Greg Hack is a former editor and reporter for The Kansas City Star.
Alyson Raletz / KCUR


This was 13-year-old Olathe resident Vanya Shivashankar's final word right before she was named co-champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland last week.

Pronounced share-in-shnit-ah, Vanya said that the German word has quickly become one of her favorites.

Creative Commons, Wikipedia

In honor of Bastille Day, Central Standard explored efforts to preserve Missouri French: a dialect that once flourished in southwestern Missouri, now remembered by only a handful of people in the town of Old Mines. Some say the language is dying, but the dialect has been pronounced dead then rediscovered many times.

James Hill / Creative Commons, Flickr


Languages change. Sometimes slowly and organically, sometimes quickly... and on purpose.

Kazakh President Nursaltan Nazarbayev wants the people of Kazakhstan to use Latin script (rather than Cyrillic) to write in their native language.

Ever wonder where the word hornswoggle comes from? How about doubloon?