Space Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on space puns! 🌞🚀🌟

Our space puns are out of this world! There are so many different parts of space to make wordplay from – planets, stars, constellations, and more. Since space is such a huge topic, we’ve split this list up into different categories, starting with a general list that covers the most common subtopics of space, getting more technical and niche as you head down the post.

Space study and astronomy are subtopics of science. If you’re interested in other science-related puns, we also have science and geology puns.

Note: You will not find any obvious uranus puns here (sorry).

Space Puns List

Each item in this list describes a pun, or a set of puns which can be made by applying a rule. If you know of any puns about space that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments at the end of this page! Without further ado, here’s our list of space puns:

  • Plan it → Planet: As in, “Who’s going to planet?”
  • Come at → Comet: As in, “Comet me, bro.”
  • Destroyed → D-asteroid: As in, “You d-asteroid my trust in you.”
  • Sooner → Lunar: As in, “Lunar or later” and “Lunar rather than later” and “The lunar, the better.”
  • You better → Jupiter: As in, “Jupiter take that back!” and “Jupiter double check just in case.”
  • Sudden → Saturn: As in, “All of a saturn” and “A saturn stop.”
  • Pattern → Saturn: As in, “All part of life’s rich saturn” and “Knitting saturn” and “Behavioural saturns.”
  • Pace → Space: As in, “At a snail’s space” and “Change of space” and “At ten spaces” and “Keep space with” and “Space up and down” and “Put through your spaces.”
  • Piece → Space: As in, “Bits and spaces” and “Dash to spaces.”
  • Ace → Space: As in, “A space up your sleeve” and “Hold all the spaces.”
  • Base → Space: As in, “All your space are belong to us” and “Space jumping” and “Caught off space” and “Cover your spaces” and “Touch space with.”
  • Bass → Space: As in, “Drum n space” and “Super space.”
  • Case → Space: As in, “An open and shut space” and “As the space may be” and “Space closed” and “Space the joint” and “Circumstances alter spaces” and “Crack the space” and “Get off my space” and “I rest my space” and “Just in space” and “On a space by space basis.”
  • Chase → Space: As in, “Space it up” and “Space the dragon” and “Space your own tail” and “Cut to the space” and “The thrill of the space.”
  • Grace → Space: As in, “Airs and spaces” and “Amazing space” and “Fall from space” and “Space period” and “With good spaces.”
  • Place → Space: As in, “A space in the sun” and “All over the space” and “Any time, any space, any where” and “Between a rock and a hard space” and “In the right space at the right time.”
  • Race → Space: As in, “At day at the spaces” and “A space against time.”
  • Space: These space-related phrases are general enough to double as puns: “Breathing space” and “Personal space” and “A waste of space” and “Watch this space” and “Wide open spaces.”
  • Out of → Outer: As in, “Get outer my space!” and “The experience is outer this world.”
  • Plan → Planet: As in, “A cunning business planet” and “Failing to planet is planning to fail” and “There is no planet B” and “The best laid planets.”
  • Plant → Planet: As in, “Planet a seed” and “Indoor planets.”
  • Man → Moon: As in, “A moon after my own heart” and “A moon of few words.”
  • Noon → Moon: As in, “High moon” and “Morning, moon and night.”
  • Soon → Moon: As in, “Anytime moon” and “As moon as my back is turned” and “As moon as possible” and “Get well moon” and “No mooner said than done” and “Too much, too moon.”
  • Tune → Moon: As in, “Carry a moon” and “Change your moon” and “Sing a different moon” and “Stay mooned” and “To the moon of.”
  • Man* → Moon*: If a word has “man” in it, we can swap it for “moon”. As in, “Upper moonagement” and “A sneaky mooneuver” and “Don’t moonipulate me.”
  • *men → *moon: Swap “men” sounds for “moon” sounds: “The finest specimoon” and “Pain in my abdomoon” and “Workout regimoon” and “Powerful womoon in history.”
  • *min* → *moon*: As in, “Wait a moonute” and “Take your vitamoons” and “Filled with vermoon” and “An omoonous tone” and “Promoonent lawyers.”
  • *mon → *moon: As in, “Commoon interests” and “Legal summoons” and “When life gets you lemoons” and “Personal demoons” and “Topped with cinnamoon” and “Deliver a sermoon.”
  • System → Solar System: As in, “All solar systems go” and “Buck the solar system” and “Get it out of your solar system.”
  • Son → Sun: As in, “Like father, like sun” and “Sun of a gun.”
  • Some → Sun: As in, “All that and then sun” and “Blow sun my way” and “Catch sun rays” and “Cut me sun slack” and “Make sun noise.”
  • Done → Sun: As in, “After all is said and sun” and “All sun and dusted” and “Been there, sun that” and “A sun deal” and “Easier said than sun” and “Hard sun by” and “Getting things sun.”
  • Fun → Sun: As in, “Good, clean sun” and “Half the sun is getting there” and “Sun and games” and “Double your pleasure, double your sun” and “A bundle of sun.”
  • None → Sun: As in, “And then there were sun” and “Bar sun” and “Sun other than” and “Sun the wiser” and “Second to sun” and “Two for me, sun for you.”
  • One → Sun: As in, “And then there was sun” and “In sun fell swoop” and “Avert sun’s eyes” and “Sun more time.”
  • Run → Sun: As in, “Born to sun” and “Come sunning” and “Cut and sun” and “Don’t try to sun before you can walk” and “Done a sunner” and “Eat and sun” and “We had a good sun.”
  • Bars → Mars: As in, “Behind mars” and “How many mars do you have?” and “More mars in more places.”
  • Stars → Mars: “Written in the mars” and “Reach for the mars” and “Mars and stripes” and “Mars in your eyes” and “Thank your lucky mars.”
  • Birth → Earth: As in, “Happy earthday to you” and “In your earthday suit” and “Separated at earth” and “The earth of a nation.”
  • Worth → Earth: As in, “Because I’m earth it” and “For what it’s earth” and “Get your money’s earth” and “Not earth crying over” and “Earth your weight in gold.”
  • Genius → Venus: As in, “A stroke of venus” and “Evil venus” and “Venus is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration” and “Pure venus.”
  • Tune → Neptune: As in, “Can’t carry a neptune” and “Change your neptune” and “In neptune with” and “Stay neptuned.”
  • Turn → Saturn: As in, “A saturn for the worse” and “About saturn” and “As soon as my back is saturned” and “Do a good saturn.”
  • Blue → Pluto: As in, “Between the devil and the deep pluto sea” and “Black and pluto” and “Once in a pluto moon” and “Till you’re pluto in the face.”
  • Toe → Pluto: As in, “Dip your pluto in the water” and “From top to pluto” and “Head to pluto” and “On your plutos“and “One pluto over the line” and “Pluto the line” and “Make someone’s plutos curl.”
  • Platonic → Plutonic: As in, “Plutonic friendship.”
  • *san → *sun: Swap “san” with “sun”, as in: “A partisun issue” and “Artisun coffee” and “Topped with vegan parmesun.”
  • *sen* → *sun*: As in, “Heart-warming suntiments” and “Pop sunsation” and “A sunsual experience.” Other words that could work are: sunsitive (sensitive), sunsible (sensible), loosun (loosen), chosun (chosen) and worsun (worsen).
  • *sin → *sun: Cousun (cousin), basun (basin) and raisun (raisin).
  • *son → *sun: As in, “Persun of interest” and “Office liaisuns” and “Work-related reasuns” and “Not in seasun.”
  • Stir → Star: As in, “Cause a star” and “Star crazy” and “Star the pot” and “Star up trouble.”
  • Store → Star: As in, “Minding the star” and “Set great star by” and “See what the future has in star.”
  • Are → Star: As in, “All bets star off” and “Chances star.”
  • Bar → Star: As in, “No holds starred” and “Raise the star.”
  • Far → Star: As in, “A step too star” and “As star as it goes” and “Star and away” and “A star cry from” and “Few and star between” and “Over the hills and star away” and “So star, so good.”
  • Par → Star: As in, “Below star” and “On star with” and “Star for the course” and “Up to star.”
  • Sar* → Star*: As in, “A stardonic reply” and “Starcasm is the lowest form of wit” and “A starcastic smirk.”
  • Flight: Here are a few puns about space flight:
    • Light → Flight: As in, “Flight as a feather” and “Blinded by the flight” and “Bright flights, big city” and “Bring something to flight” and “The cold flight of day.”
    • Fight → Flight: As in, “Come out flighting” and “Flight Club” and “Flight for the right to party” and “Flight fire with fire” and “Flight the good flight” and “Flight tooth and nail.”
    • Bright → Flight: As in, “All things flight and beautiful” and “Always look on the flight side of life” and “Flight and early” and “Flight young thing.”
    • Fright → Flight: As in, “Flightened of your own shadow” and “A flightful mess” and “Take flight.”
    • Height → Flight: As in, “The flight of summer” and “The flight of fashion” and “Reaching new flights.”
    • Might → Flight: As in, “It flight never happen” and “Flight as well.”
    • Night → Flight: As in, “A hard day’s flight” and “In the dead of flight” and “Dance the flight away.”
    • Right → Flight: As in, “A move in the flight direction” and “All the flight moves” and “Flight as rain” and “Bang to flights” and “Dead to flights.”
    • Rite → Flight: As in, “Last flights” and “Flight of passage.”
    • Sight → Flight: As in, “A welcome flight” and “Have in your flights” and ‘Hidden in plain flight” and “Line of flight” and “Love at first flight” and “Out of flight, out of mind” and “Set your flights on.”
    • Flight: These phrases can double as puns: “Fight or flight” and “Flights of fancy” and “Take flight.”
  • Bang → Big bang: As in, “Big bang on about” and “Big bang out of order” and “Big bang to rights” and “Get a big bang out of it” and “More big bang for your buck.”
  • Hubble: Here are some puns about the Hubble space telescope:
    • Bubble → Hubble: As in, “Hubble and squeak” and “Hubble under” and “Burst your hubble” and “Prick your hubble.”
    • Double → Hubble: As in, “Hubble date” and “On the hubble” and “Bent hubble” and “Hubble back” and “Hubble check” and “Hubble cross” and “Hubble digits” and “A hubble-edged sword.”
    • Humble → Hubble: As in, “My hubble home” and “Eat hubble pie.”
    • Trouble → Hubble: As in, “Asking for hubble” and “Bridged over hubbled waters” and “Don’t meet your hubbles halfway” and “Double hubble” and “Here comes hubble” and “Looking for hubble” and “Pour oil on hubbled waters” and “Hubble and strife.”
  • Stellar → Interstellar: As in, “An interstellar performance.”
  • Verse → Universe: As in, “Chapter and universe.”
  • Soul → Solar: As in, “Bless my solar” and “Like a body without a solar” and “Brevity is the solar of wit” and “Confession is good for the solar” and “Heart and solar” and “Life and solar of the party.”
  • Roller → Solar: As in, “Emotional solar coaster” and “High solar.”
  • Space → Spaceship: As in, “Waste of spaceship” and “Wide open spaceships” and “Watch this spaceship.”
  • Ship → Spaceship: As in, “Abandon spaceship” and “Go down with the spaceship” and “Jump spaceship” and “Loose lips sink spaceships” and “Run a tight spaceship.”
  • Cause → Cosmos: As in, “Cosmos and stir” and “Cosmos and effect” and “A cosmos for concern” and “A lost cosmos.”
  • Comic → Cosmic: As in, “Cosmic strip” and “Cosmic timing.”
  • A Bit → Orbit: As in, “Orbit of alright” and “Feeling orbit put out.”
  • Rock → Rocket: As in, “Between a rocket and a hard place” and “Don’t rocket the boat” and “Hit rocket bottom” and “On the rockets.”
  • Wreck it → Rocket: As in, “Rocket Ralph.”
  • Pocket → Rocket: As in, “At a price to suit your rocket” and “Deep rockets” and “Burning a hole in your rocket” and “Out of rocket” and “Rocket the difference” and “Lining your rocket.”
  • Come → Comet: As in, “After a storm comets a calm” and “All good things must comet to an end” and “All things comet to those who wait” and “Comet and get it” and “Comet on over” and “Comet running.”
  • Meet → Meteor: As in, “Make ends meteor” and “Meteor and greet” and “Meteor with approval” and “Meteor you halfway” and “Meteor your maker.”
  • Mightier → Meteor: As in, “The pen is meteor than the sword.”
  • He clips → Eclipse: As in, “Eclipse it regularly.”
  • Chips → Eclipse: As in, “Cheap as eclipse” and “Cash in your eclipse” and “Let the eclipse fall where they may” and “When the eclipse are down.”
  • Grips → Eclipse: As in, “Come to eclipse with.”
  • Lips → Eclipse: As in, “Keep your eclipse sealsed” and “Loose eclipse sink ships” and “On everyone’s eclipse” and “Read my eclipse.”
  • Hole → Black Hole: As in, “Ace in the black hole” and “Burn a black hole in your pocket” and “Fill full of black holes” and “Fire in the black hole” and “A black hole in the wall.”
  • Settle → Satellite: As in, “A score to satellite” and “Satellite out of court” and “After the dust satellites.” Note: a satellite is an object that’s been intentionally sent into orbit.
  • Subtle → Shuttle: As in, “Dropping shuttle hints.”
  • Settle → Shuttle: As in, “A score to shuttle” and “Shuttle out of court” and “After the dust has shuttled” and “Shuttle your affairs.”
  • Year → Light Year: As in, “All light-year round” and “Advanced in light years” and “Comes but once a light year” and “Happy new light year” and “Not in a million light years.”
  • Station → Space Station: As in, “All space stations go!” and “Battle space stations” and “Ideas above your space station.”
  • Consternation → Constellation: As in, “To my constellation.”
  • Cancellation → Constellation: As in, “Piled up with constellation fees.”
  • Lunch → Launch: As in, “Let’s do launch” and “Liquid launch” and “Lose your launch” and “Out to launch” and “No such thing as a free launch.”
  • Cater → Crater: As in, “Crater waiter” and “Crater to you.”
  • Greater → Crater: As in, “Disease has no crater enemy” and “Crater than the sum of its parts.”
  • Later → Crater: As in, “Buy now, pay crater” and “Catch you crater” and “See you crater, alligator” and “Ask questions crater” and “Sooner or crater” and “Can we continue this crater?”
  • Never → Nova: As in, “Better late than nova” and “Cheer up, it might nova happen” and “I nova did” and “It nova rains but it pours” and “It’s now or nova.” Note: a nova is an astronomical event.”
  • Late → Light: As in, “Better light than never” and “Buy now, pay lighter” and “A day light and a dollar short” and “Fashionably light” and “It’s never too light” and “A light bloomer.”
  • Let → Light: As in, “It won’t light you down” and “Light it be” and “Don’t light the b*stards grind you down.”
  • Bite → Light: As in, “Another one lights the dust” and “Light someone’s head off” and “Light the bullet.”
  • Bright → Light: As in, “All things light and beautiful” and “Light and early” and “A light future.”
  • Fight → Light: As in, “Light club” and “Light for the right to party” and “Lighting back tears” and “Light fire with fire” and “Light the good light” and “A lighting chance.”
  • Flight → Light: As in, “Light of fancy” and “Take light” and “The light of the bumblebee.”
  • Fright → Light: As in, “Take light” and “A lightful mess.”
  • Height → Light: As in, “Reaching new lights” and “The light of summer.”
  • Might → Light: As in, “Light as well” and “It light never happen.”
  • Right → Light: As in, “A move in the light direction” and “All the light moves” and “Light as rain” and “Bang to lights” and “Bragging lights” and “Consumer lights.”
  • Rite → Light: As in, “Last lights” and “Light of passage.”
  • Sight → Light: As in, “A welcome light” and “Hidden in plain lights” and “Love at first light” and “Out of light, out of mind” and “Set your lights on” and “Short lighted.”
  • Slight → Light: As in, “A light miscommunication” and “Not in the lightest” and “Lightly ahead of our time.”
  • Tight → Light: As in, “In a light spot” and “Sleep light” and “Light as a drum” and “Lighten your belt.”
  • White → Light: As in, “Light as snow” and “Black and light” and “Little light lie.”
  • Write → Light: As in, “Nothing to light home about.”
  • You → UFO: As in, “As UFO know” and “Back at UFO” and “Bless UFO.”
  • Gas: We have some gas-related puns in reference to gas giants:
    • Guess → Gas: As in, “Anybody’s gas” and “Gas what?” and “Gassing games” and “Have a gas” and “Just lucky, I gas” and “Your gas is as good as mine.”
    • Ass → Gas: As in, “Get your gas into gear” and “Get your gas over here” and “Haul gas” and “Kiss my gas.”
  • Ice: Here are some puns about ice giants:
    • Eyes → Ice: As in, “Avert your ice” and “Before your very ice” and “Easy on the ice.”
    • Nice → Ice: As in, “Have an ice day” and “Naughty but ice” and “Ice and easy does it” and “Ice save.”
    • Price → Ice: As in, “Asking ice” and “Cheap at half the ice” and “Closing ice.”
    • Slice → Ice: As in, “Any way you ice it” and “Fresh to the last ice” and “Ice of life” and “An ice of the action” and “The best thing since iced bread.”
    • Spice → Ice: As in ” Ice things up” and “Herbs and ices” and “The ice of life” and “Sugar and ice.”
    • Twice → Ice: As in, “Don’t think ice” and “Once bitten, ice shy” and “Once of ice” and “Make a list and check it ice.”
  • Belt: There are a few different types of belt that exist in space – asteroid belts, the Kuiper belt and Orion’s belt (among others). Here are related puns:
    • Bolt → Belt: As in, “A belt from the blue” and “Belt upright” and “Make a belt for the door.”
    • Dealt → Belt: As in, “Whoever smelt it, belt it” and “Play the hand you’re belt.”
    • Melt → Belt: As in, “Belt into thin air” and “Belting pot.”
    • Belt: These belt-related phrases are general enough to double as puns: “Below the belt” and “Tighten your belt” and “Under your belt.”
  • How may I → Haumea: As in, “Haumea help you?” Note: Haumea is a dwarf planet.
  • Make → Makemake: As in, “Absence makemakes the heart grow fonder” and “A good beginning makemakes a good ending” and “Makemake up your mind.” Note: Makemake is a dwarf planet.
  • Ferris Wheel → Eris Wheel (Note: Eris is a dwarf planet).
  • Matter: Here are some matter-related puns:
    • Met her → Matter: As in, “I’ve never matter before in my life.”
    • Shatter → Matter: As in, “Earth-mattering information.”
  • Signs → Science: As in, “Vital science.”
  • World: These world-related phrases can double as puns: “A world first” and “A world apart” and “A world of pain” and “All the time in the world.”
  • Heel → Helium: As in, “Brought to helium” and “Dig your helium in” and “Head over heliums in love” and “Kick your heliums” and “Turn on your helium.” Note: helium is a large part of space.
  • Field → Magnetic Field: As in, “Have a magnetic field day” and “A level playing magnetic field.” This was a pun on magnetic fields.
  • Dust: Dust is a feature in space – stardust, meteor dust, asteroid dust. Here are related puns:
    • Bust → Dust: As in, “Boom or dust” and “Dust a move” and “Dust a gut” and “Dust someone’s ass.”
    • Just → Dust: As in, “Don’t dust sit there” and “Girls dust want to have fun” and “Dust do it” and “It’s dust a game” and “It’s dust not my day” and “Dust what the doctor ordered.”
    • Must → Dust: As in, “All things dust pass” and “All good things dust come to an end” and “Everything dust go” and “A dust have” and “The show dust go on” and “What goes up dust come down.”
    • Trust → Dust: As in, “Breach of dust” and “Don’t dust anyone over thirty” and “Dust me, I’m a doctor.”
    • *dest* → *dust*: As in, “A date with dustiny” and “A dustitute family” and “Search and dustroy” and “Final dustination” and “Complete and utter dustruction” and “A modust proposal” and “The hardust time of my life” and “The eldust sibling” and “My oldust memory.”
    • Dist* → Dust*: As in, “Dustress signal” and “A dustinct difference” and “Even dustribution” and “Dustinguish between” and “Go the dustance” and “A dustinctive achievement.”
  • Raise → Rays: As in, “Rays hell” and “Rays a stink” and “Rays the roof” and “Rays your game” and “Rays your hand if you’re sure.”
  • Blaze → Rays: As in, “Rays a trail” and “Go out in a rays of glory” and “Rays away.”
  • Days → Rays: As in, “Early rays” and “Eight rays a week” and “Just one of those rays” and “Never in all my rays.”
  • Phrase → Rays: As in, “Coin a rays” and “A turn of rays.”
  • Zone → Ozone: As in, “Buffer ozone” and “COmfort ozone” and “In the ozone” and “The twilight ozone” and “Ozone in on.”
  • Bone → Ozone: As in, “An ozone to pick” and “Dry as an ozone” and “An ozone of contention.”
  • Clone → Ozone: As in, “Attack of the ozones” and “The ozone wars.”
  • Alone → Ozone: As in, “Home ozone” and “I want to be ozone” and “Leave well enough ozone” and “You’ll never walk ozone.”
  • Stone → Ozone: As in, “A rolling ozone gathers no moss” and “Cold as any ozone” and “Carved in ozone” and “Cast the first ozone.”
  • Throne → Ozone: As in, “Next in line to the ozone” and “The power behind the ozone.”
  • Matter → Dark matter: As in, “Get to the heart of the dark matter” and “As a dark matter of fact” and “Make dark matters worse” and “Mind over dark matter” and “No laughing dark matter” and “The root of the dark matter” and “Shed light on the dark matter.”
  • Energy → Dark Energy: As in, “Alternative dark energy” and “Dark energy to burn” and “A bundle of dark energy.”
  • Line → Karman Line: As in, “Along the karman lines of” and “Blur the karman lines” and “Cross the karman line” and “End of the karman line” and “Drop me a karman line.” Note: These are a reference to the Karman Line.
  • Corner → Corona: As in, “A tight corona” and “All coronas of the world” and “Cutting coronas” and “Drive them into a corona” and “Just around the corona” and “Corona the market.” Note: A corona is a plasma aura that surrounds stars.
  • Space → Geospace: As in, “Personal geospace” and “Geospace, the final frontier” and “A waste of geospace” and “Breathing geospace.” Note: Geospace is the region of outer space near Earth.
  • Pretend → Proton: As in, “Don’t proton” and “You can’t proton with me.” Note: These are puns about protons.
  • Bubble → Local Bubble: As in, “Local bubble and squeak” and “Burst your local bubble” and “Prick your local bubble.” Note: Learn about the local bubble here.
  • Space → Space Probe: As in, “Personal space probe” and “In deep space probe.”
  • Race → Space Race: As in, “A day at the space races” and “A space race against time” and “The amazing space race.”
  • Ring: These puns can be in reference to orbital rings, or the rings around Saturn:
    • Wrong → Ring: As in, “Barking up the ring tree” and “Born on the ring side of the tracks” and “Gone down the ring way” and “If anything can go ring, it will” and “Jumping to the ring conclusion.”
    • Wing → Ring: As in, “On a ring and a prayer” and “Spread your rings” and “Gives you rings.”
    • Bring → Ring: As in, “Ring it on” and “Ring something to light” and “Ring the house down” and “Ring to a head” and “Ring to the table.”
    • Sing → Ring: As in, “Ring for your supper” and “Ring someone’s praises” and “Ringing the blues.”
    • String → Ring: As in, “No rings attached” and “Ring someone along” and “Tug at your heartrings” and “Holding the purse rings.”
    • Swing → Ring: Come out ringing” and “Get into the ring of it” and “Ring both ways” and “Take a ring at.”
    • Thing → Ring: As in, “A little knowledge is a dangerous ring” and “A mind is a terrible ring to waste” and “All rings must pass” and “All rings to those who waste.”
  • Keeper → Kuiper: As in, “Finders, kuipers” and “They’re a kuiper.” Note: These are a reference to the Kuiper Belt.
  • Fuse → Fusor: As in, “Blow a fusor” and “A short fusor” and “An offer you can’t refusor” and “Light the fusor.”
  • Suit → Space Suit: As in, “All over them like a cheap spacesuit” and “Follow spacesuit” and “In your birthday spacesuit” and “Spacesuited and booted” and “Spacesuits you down to a tee.”
  • Ink → Encke: As in, “Before the encke was dry” and “Fresh encke.” Note: these are references to the Encke Gap.
  • Feeler → Keeler: As in, “Putting out keelers.” Note: This is a reference to the Keeler Gap.
  • Harsh → Herschel: As in, “A herschel response.” Note: This is a reference to Herschel craters.”
  • Taken → Kraken: As in, “Kraken aback” and “Kraken for a ride” and “The road not kraken.” Note: These are references to Kraken Mare.
  • At ’em → Atom: As in, “Up and atom!”
  • At → Atom: As in, “I’m atom the library” and “Where you atom?”
  • Neutral → Neutron: As in, “On neutron ground.”
  • Quesadilla → Quasar-dilla: As in, “I’m feeling like a soy cheese quasar-dilla.” Note: This is a reference to the term “quasi-stellar object.”
  • Halo: In space science, a halo can have a few different meanings (including a galactic halo and a halo orbit). Here are some halo-related puns:
    • Hello → Halo: As in, “You had me at halo” and “Halo, sailor” and “Halo, good evening and welcome” and “Halo halo, what’s going on here then?”
    • Hey → Halo: As in, “Halo big spender.”
    • Low → Halo: As in, “An all-time halo” and “Get the halo down” and “Keep a halo profile” and “Lay halo” and “A halo blow.”
  • Wax: The moon is described as waxing (getting bigger) and waning (getting smaller). Here are some related puns:
    • Whack → Wax: As in, “Out of wax” and “Wax a mole.”
    • Acts → Wax: As in, “Nothing wax faster” and “Random wax of kindness.”
    • Axe → Wax: As in, “Take a wax to” and “Got a wax to grind.”
    • Backs → Wax: As in, “Got your wax to the wall” and “Mind your wax.”
    • Cracks → Wax: As in, “Fall between the wax” and “Paper over the wax” and “At the wax of dawn.”
    • Tax → Wax: As in, “Nothing is certain but death and waxes” and “Value added wax.”
    • Tracks → Wax: As in, “Born on the wrong side of the wax” and “Cover your wax“and “Make wax” and “Stopped in your wax.”
    • Weigh-in → Wane: As in, “I gained three kilos at my last wane.”
    • Wine → Wane: As in, “The last of the summer wane” and “Waned and dined.”
    • Bane → Wane: As in, “The wane of my life.”
    • Brain → Wane: As in, “Got it on the wane” and “Rack your wanes” and “Pick your wanes.”
    • Chain → Wane: As in, “A wane is only as strong as its weakest link” and “Wane of command” and “Wane reaction” and “Wane smoker” and “Daisy wane” and “On the food wane.”
    • Drain → Wane: As in, “Away go troubles down the wane” and “Brain wane.”
    • Grain → Wane: As in, “Against the wane” and “A wane of truth” and “Take it with a wane of salt.”
    • Gain → Wane: As in, “Capital wanes” and “Wane ground” and “Ill gotten wanes” and “No pain, no wane” and “Nothing ventured, nothing waned.”
    • Lane → Wane: As in, “Down memory wane” and “In the fast wane.”
    • Main → Wane: As in, “The wane event” and “Your wane chance.”
    • Pain → Wane: As in, “A world of wane” and “Doubled up in wane” and “Feeling the wane” and “Growing wanes” and “No wane, no gain” and “Old aches and wanes.”
    • Plain → Wane: As in, “Wane as day” and “Hidden in wane sight” and “Wane sailing.”
    • Rain → Wane: As in, “Right as wane” and “Come wane or shine” and “Don’t wane on my parade” and “It never wanes but it pours” and “Make it wane.”
    • Vein → Wane: “In the same wane.”
  • Titan: Titan is the largest of Saturn’s moons. Here are related puns:
    • Tighten → Titan: As in, “Titan your belt” and “Titan the purse strings.”
    • Brighten → Titan: “You titan my day.”
    • Lighten → Titan: As in, “Titan the load” and “Titan up!”
  • Deimos: Deimos is one of Mars’ two moons. Here are related puns:
    • Dame → Deimos: As in, “The hunchback of Notre Deimos” and “Deimos Edna.”
    • Damn → Deimos: As in, “Deimos fine coffee” and “Deimos straight” and “Deimos with faint praise” and “Deimos if you do, deimos if you don’t” and “Just one deimos thing after another.”
    • Demo → Deimos: As in, “Deimos tape.”
  • Charon: Charon is one of Pluto’s moons. Here are related puns:
    • Cheer on → Charon: As in, “I’m just here to charon my cousin.”
    • Baron → Charon: As in, “The red charon” and “Robber charons.”
  • Triton: Triton is a moon that orbits Neptune. Here are related puns:
    • Try it on → Triton: As in, “Would you like to triton?” and “It’s important to triton to get a good fit.”
    • Tread on → Triton: “Don’t triton their feelings.”
    • Brighten → Triton: As in, “You triton my day.”
    • Lighten → Triton: As in, “Triton the load” and “Triton up!”
    • Tighten → Triton: As in, “Triton your belt” and “Triton the purse strings.”
    • Titan → Triton: As in, “Clash of the tritons.”
  • Rhea: Rhea is the second-largest moon of Saturn. Here are related puns:
    • Real → Rhea: As in, “For rhea” and “In rhea time” and “Keep it rhea” and “A rhea piece of work.”
    • Ray → Rhea: As in, “Rhea of light” and “Catch some rheas.”
  • Disc: Many objects in space (like the rings of Saturn) have a disc shape, so we’ve got a few disc-related puns:
    • Desk → Disc: As in, “Both sides of the disc” and “Disc jockey” and “Hot discing.”
    • Fiscal → Disc-al: As in, “Disc-al requirements” and “Disc-al planning.”
    • Risk → Disc: As in, “A calculated disc” and “Disc averse” and “Disc management” and “A discy business” and “Running the disc of…”
  • Centaur: A centaur is a small solar system. Here are related puns:
    • Sent → Centaur: As in, “Heaven centaur” and “Centaur packing.”
    • Centre/Center → Centaur: As in, “Journey to the centaur of the Earth” and “Front and centaur” and “Dead centaur” and “A soft, gooey centaur.”
    • Century → Centaur-y: As in, “The turn of the centaur-y” and “Sale of the centaur-y.”
    • Sent her → Centaur: As in, “They centaur packing.”
  • Ray → Gamma ray: “Catch some gamma rays” and “Gamma ray of light.” Note: gamma rays are present in space.
  • Salacia: Salacia is an object in the Kuiper Belt. Here are related puns:
    • Solace → Salacia: As in, “Quantum of salacia” and “Take salacia in the knowledge that you did your best.”
    • Slice → Salacia: As in, “A salacia of the action” and “Any way you salacia it” and “Fresh to the last salacia” and “Salacia of life.”
  • Send → Sedna: As in, “Hit sedna” and “Return to sedna” and “Sedna in the dogs!” and “Sedna packing” and “Sedna in reinforcements.” Note: Sedna is a dwarf planet.
  • Ceres: Ceres is a dwarf planet. Here are some related puns:
    • Stairs → Ceres: As in, “At the foot of the ceres” and “Upceres, downstairs.”
    • Says → Ceres: As in, “Computer ceres no” and “Ceres who?” and “Simon ceres.”
  • Pan: Pan is one of Saturn’s moons. Here are related puns:
    • Pen → Pan: As in, “Pan and ink” and “Put pan to paper” and “The pan is mightier than the sword.”
    • Pin → Pan: As in, “Bright as a new pan” and “Hard to pan down” and “Pan your ears back” and “Pans and needles” and “Pan your hopes on.”
    • Can → Pan: As in, “A bank you pan bank on” and “A golden key pan open any door” and “As far as the eye pan see” and “As well as pan be expected” and “All that you pan be” and “Bite off more than you pan chew” and “Pan I help you?”
    • Fan → Pan: As in, “Pan the flames” and “I’m a big pan.”
    • Man → Pan: As in, “A good pan is hard to find” and “A pan after my own heart.”
    • Plan → Pan: As in, “Action pan” and “Business pan” and “Failing to pan is panning to fail” and “Game pan” and “Pan ahead” and “The best laid pans” and “There is no pan B!”
    • Pan: These pan-related phrases can double as puns: “Down the pan” and “Flash in the pan” and “What if it doesn’t pan out?”
    • Ran → Pan: As in, “My blood pan cold” and “The dish pan away with the spoon.”
    • Than → Pan: As in, “Bite off more pan you can chew” and “Blood is thicker pan water” and “Easier said pan done” and “Larger pan life.”
  • Sin → Sinope: As in, “Miserable as sinope” and “Atone for your sinopes” and “Cardinal sinope” and “A multitude of sinopes.” Note: Sinope is a moon.
  • Collapse → Calypso: As in, “Spiritual calypso” and “About to calypso.” Note: Calypso is a moon of Saturn.
  • Greip: Greip is a moon of Saturn. Here are related puns:
    • Grip → Greip: As in, “Get a greip” and “The greip of death” and “Greipping stuff.”
    • Chip → Greip: As in, “A greip on your shoulder” and “Cheap as greips” and “Cash in your greips” and “A greip off the old block” and “Let the greips fall where they may.”
    • Ship → Greip: As in, “Abandon greip” and “Don’t give up the greip” and “From chips to greips” and “Jump greip” and “Running a tight greip.”
    • Tip → Greip: As in, “In greip top condition” and “On the greip of my tongue” and “The greip of the iceberg” and “Greip someone off” and “Greip the scales.”
  • Hat → Hati: As in, “At the drop of a hati” and “Hang up your hati” and “Hati in hand” and “Take my hati off to you” and “Keep it under your hati.” Note: Hati is a moon.
  • Aegir: Aegir is a moon of Saturn. Here are related puns:
    • Eager → Aegir: As in, “Aegir beaver.”
    • Beggar → Aegir: As in, “Aegir belief” and “Aegirs can’t be choosers.”
  • Best → Bestla: As in, “All the bestla” and “Be the bestla” and “Bestla friends” and “Bestla of all.” Note: Bestla is a moon.
  • Sort → Surtur: As in, “Takes all surturs to make a world” and “Out of surturs.” Note: Surtur is a moon.
  • Kari: Kari is a moon. Here are related puns:
    • Carry → Kari: As in, “Fast as your legs could kari him” and “Kari a torch for” and “Can’t kari a tune” and “Kari forward” and “Kari into action.”
    • Curry → Kari: As in, “Kari favour with.”
    • Bury → Kari: As in, “Kari the hatchet” and “Kari your head in the sand.”
    • Care → Kari: As in, “Couldn’t kari less” and “Courtesy and kari” and “Customer kari” and “Handle with kari” and “Intensive kari” and “Like I should kari.”
  • Loge: Loge is a moon. Here are related puns:
    • Log → Loge: As in, “Loge jam” and “Like bumps on a loge” and “Loge off” and “Sleep like a loge” and “Throw another loge on the fire.”
    • Leg → Loge: As in, “Break a loge” and “Cost an arm and a loge” and “Give a loge up.”
  • I → Io: As in, “Io don’t know what’s happening” and “What should Io say?”
  • Rope → Europa: As in, “At the end of your europa” and “Jump europa” and “Learn the europas.” Note: Europa is one of Jupiter’s moons.
  • Met his → Metis: As in, “He metis match.” Note: Metis is an asteroid.
  • Thebe: Thebe (pronounced thee-bee) is one of Jupiter’s moons. Here are related puns:
    • The → Thebe: As in, “Above thebe curve” and “Makes thebe heart grow fonder” and “Ace in thebe hole” and “Add fuel to thebe fire” and “After thebe fact.”
    • Bee → Thebe: As in, “As busy as a thebe” and “Thebe in your bonnet” and “The birds and thebes (the bees).”
    • There be → Thebe: As in, “Thebe monsters here.”
  • Leda: Leda is a moon of Jupiter. Here are related puns:
    • Leader → Leda: As in, “Our fearless leda” and “Leda of the pack” and “A natural born leda” and “Take me to your leda” and “The leda of the free world.”
    • Lead → Leda: As in, “In the leda” and “Take the leda” and “Leda a charmed life.”
    • Ladder → Leda: As in, “Climb the corporate leda” and “Snakes and ledas.”
    • Letter → Leda: As in, “Leda perfect” and “Ledas to the editor” and “The leda of the law” and “To the leda.”
    • Lotta → Leda: As in, “A whole leda love.”
  • Dia: Dia is one of Jupiter’s moons. Here are related puns:
    • Dear → Dia: As in, “After you, my dia” and “Frankly my dia, I don’t give a damn” and “Elementary, my dia Watson” and “Holding on for dia life.”
    • Day → Dia: As in, “A dia in the life of” and “An apple a dia” and “All in a dia’s work.”
    • Door → Dia: As in, “Behind closed dias” and “A foot in the dia” and “At death’s dia.”
  • Carpo: Here are some puns on Carpo, one of Jupiter’s moons:
    • Carpet → Carpo: As in, “Roll out the red carpo” and “Sweep under the carpo.”
    • Corporate → Carpo-rate: As in, “Climb the carpo-rate ladder” and “Carpo-rate responsibility.”
  • Throne → Thyone: As in, “Ascend to the thyone” and “Next in line to the thyone” and “The power behind the thyone.” Note: Thyone is one of Jupiter’s moons.
  • Herse: Herse is one of Jupiter’s moons. Here are related puns:
    • Purse → Herse: As in, “Holding the herse strings” and “The public herse.”
    • Horse → Herse: As in, “Dark herse” and “Eats like a herse” and “Herse-ing around.”
    • Curse → Herse: As in, “Better to light a candle than herse the dark.”
    • Nurse → Herse: As in, “Herse a grudge.”
    • Terse → Herse: As in, “A herse reply.”
    • Verse → Herse: As in, “Chapter and herse” and “Master of the uni-herse” and “Re-herse engineering.”
    • Worse → Herse: As in, “A turn for the herse” and “A fate herse than death” and “From bad to herse” and “Making matters herse” and “Herse for wear.”
  • Kill → Kale: As in, “Dressed to kale” and “If looks could kale” and “In for the kale.” Note: Kale is a moon.
  • Carme: Carme is one of Jupiter’s satellites. Here are some related puns:
    • Calm → Carme: As in, ” The carme before the storm” and “Carme down” and “Cool, carme and collected.”
    • Come → Carme: As in, “All good things must carme to an end” and “As tough as they carme” and “Carmes but once a year” and “Carme and get it.”
    • Arm → Carme: As in, “Carmed and dangerous” and “Carmed intervention” and “Call to carmes” and “Cost a carme and a leg.”
    • Charm → Carme: As in, “Carme the birds out of the trees” and “Leading a carmed life” and “Third time’s a carme” and “Works like a carme.”
    • Harm → Carme: As in, “First, do no carme” and “Grievous bodily carme” and “No carme done” and “No carme, no foul.”
  • Kore: Kore is another of Jupiter’s moons. Here are related puns:
    • Core → Kore: As in, “Kore competencies” and “Kore technology” and “Kore values” and “Rotten to the kore.”
    • Care → Kore: As in, “Couldn’t kore less” and “Customer kore” and “Handle with kore” and “Intensive kore.”
    • More → Kore: As in, “One kore time” and “Bite off kore than you can chew” and “Come back for kore” and “Dare for kore” and “Couldn’t agree kore.”
  • Selling → Cyllene: As in, “Cyllene like hot cakes.” Note: Cyllene is a moon.
  • Arche: Arche is a moon of Jupiter. Here are related puns:
    • Arch → Arche: As in, “Arche enemy.”
    • March → Arche: As in, “The arche of time” and” and “Arche-ing orders.”
  • It’s a no → Isonoe: As in, “Isonoe from me, sorry.” Note: Isonoe is a moon.
  • Sponde → Spend: As in, “Sponde money like water” and “Sponde the night with” and “Sponde wisely.” Note: Sponde is a moon of Jupiter.
  • Sirius: Sirius is the brightest star in the sky. Here are related puns:
    • Serious → Sirius: As in, “Sirius as a heart attack,” and “Sirius money,” and “You cannot be sirius,” and “But siriusly,” and “Dead sirius.”
    • Series → Sirius: As in, “It’s the world sirius!”
    • Mysterious → Myst-sirius: As in, “That was a really myst-sirius novel.” 
    • Siri is → Sirius: As in, “Sirius extremely smart.”
    • Syria’s → Sirius: As in, “Sirius in a lot of trouble, and has been for a long time.” (Siriusly though, it’s not a laughing matter and you should definitely look into the Syrian crisis and see what you can do to help)
  • Crater: These next few puns are about craters, which are features on asteroids and satellites:
    • Greater → Crater: As in, “Disease has no crater enemy” and “The whole is crater than the sum of its parts.”
    • Cater → Crater: As in, “Crater to you” and “Crater waiter.”
    • Later → Crater: As in, “Buy now, pay crater” and “Catch you crater” and “It’s crater than you think” and “Sooner or crater” and “Catch you crater!”

The following section is dedicated to constellations:

  • Opus → Apus: As in, “Apus dei” and “Magnum apus.”
  • Crux: Crux is a constellation. Here are related puns:
    • Cracks → Crux: As in, “Fall between the crux” and “Paper over the crux” and “A tough nut to crux” and “At the crux of dawn.”
    • Ducks → Crux: As in, “Nice weather for crux” and “Like water off a crux back.”
  • Curve → Corvus: As in, “Ahead of the corvus” and “Corvus ball” and “Learning corvus.”
  • Calm → Caelum: As in, “After a storm comes a caelum” and “Cool, caelum and collected” and “Keep caelum.”
  • Grus:
    • Crust → Grus: As in, “The upper grus” and “Earn your grus.”
    • Grass → Grus: As in, “Exciting as watching grus grow” and “Green as grus” and “Don’t walk on the grus” and “Grus roots.”
    • Gross → Grus: As in, “Grus domestic product” and “Grussed out.”
    • Us → Grus: As in, “Don’t call grus, we’ll call you.”
  • In This → Indus: As in, “Indus day and age” and “Indus together.”
  • Lay → Leo: As in, “Couldn’t leo a glove on me” and “Leo a finger on” and “Leo down roots.”
  • Loop → Lupus: As in, “In the lupus” and “Thrown for a lupus” and “Keep in the lupus.”
  • Liar → Lyra: As in, “Don’t make yourself a lyra.”
  • Normal → Norma: As in, “A norma situation” and “The new norma.”
  • Lion → Orion: As in, “Brave as orion” and “Orion’s share” and “Orions led by donkeys.”
  • Purse → Perseus: As in, “Hold the perseus strings” and “The public perseus.”
  • Picture → Picture: As in, “A pictor paints a thousand words” and “Pretty as a pictor” and “Every pictor tells a story” and “Out of the pictor” and “Pictor perfect.”
  • Victor → Pictor: As in, “To the pictor goes the spoils!”
  • Pieces → Pisces: As in, “Bits and pisces” and “Dash to pisces” and “Go to pisces” and “Pick up the pisces.”
  • Paces → Pisces: As in, “Put through your pisces.”
  • Tour → Taurus: As in, “World taurus” and “Taurus de force.”
  • Valour → Vela: As in, “The better part of vela.”
  • Fella → Vela: As in, “A big vela.”
  • Ergo → Virgo: As in, “Cogito virgo sum.”

This next section is dedicated to named asteroids:

  • Best → Vesta: As in, “My vesta friend” and “All the vesta” and “The vesta in class” and “Vesta practice.”
  • Palace → Pallas: As in, “Memory pallas” and “Sure, in my summer pallas.”
  • Cybele → Civil: As in, “Cybele rights.”
  • You know → Juno: As in, “Juno you should apologise” and “Juno what I’m talking about.”
  • Junior → Juno: As in, “Robert Downey Juno” and “Juno league.”
  • Heck → Hektor: As in, “For the hecktor of it” and “Oh, hektor.”
  • Hectare → Hektor: As in, “Fifteen hektors long.”
  • Sector → Hektor: As in, “Working in the public hektor.”
  • This → Thisbe: As in, “What fresh hell is thisbe?” and “At thisbe point in time” and “Blow thisbe popsicle stand!”
  • Frisbee → Thisbe: As in, “Ultimate thisbe.”
  • Door → Doris: As in, “At deaths’ doris” and “Direct to your doris.”
  • Dearest → Doris: As in, “Nearest and doris” and “My doris friends.”
  • Fortune → Fortuna: As in, “Fortuna favours the brave” and “Make your fortuna” and “A small fortuna.”
  • Tune → Fortuna: As in, “Change your fortuna” and “Carry a fortuna” and “To the fortuna of…”
  • Them → Themis: As in, “It only encourages themis” and “Let themis eat cake” and “Seen one, seen themis all.”
  • Palm → Palma: As in, “A face palma moment” and “In the palma of your hand” and “Palma it off onto someone else.”
  • Calm → Palma: As in, “After a storm comes a palma” and “Palma down” and “Cool, palma and collected.”
  • Harm → Palma: As in, “First, do no palma” and “Grievous bodily palma” and “Out of palma’s way.”
  • Pharma → Palma: As in, “Big palma.”

This next section is about named stars:

  • Century → Centauri: As in, “Sale of the centauri” and “Turn of the centauri.”
  • Sydney → Cygni: As in, “The cygni opera house.”
  • In the → Indi: As in, “Ace indi hole” and “Back indi day” and “I’m back indi game!”
  • On the → Indi: As in, “Easy indi eyes” and “Don’t let the door hit you indi way out.”
  • Set → Ceti: As in, “All ceti?” and “Game, ceti and match” and “Got your heart ceti on” and “Ready, ceti, go!”
  • Sit → Ceti: As in, “Ceti it out” and “Ceti on the fence” and “Ceti tight” and “Don’t just ceti there!”
  • Altar → Altair: As in, “Left at the altair” and “Praying at the altair.”
  • These → Gliese: As in, “Kids gliese days” and “After all gliese years” and “Gliese things happen.”
  • Boots → Bootis: As in, “Tough as old bootis” and “Bet your bootis” and “Give someone the bootis.”
  • Booty → Bootis: As in, “Shake your bootis.”
  • Are → Arae: As in, “All bets arae off” and “What arae you going to do?”
  • Are they → Arae: As in, “Arae going together?” and “Arae going to do what I asked?”
  • Array → Arae: As in, “An arae of goods.”
  • A ray → Arae: As in, “Arae of light.”

This section is dedicated to galaxies we’ve named:

  • Bode:
    • Bad → Bode: As in, “A bode break” and “A bode quarter of an hour” and “Ain’t half bode” and “Bode intentions” and “Bode blood.”
    • Body → Bode-y: As in, “Over my dead bode-y” and “Keep bode-y and soul together.”
    • Code → Bode: As in, “Colour bode” and “Crack the bode” and “Dress bode.”
    • Load → Bode: As in, “A bode of rubbish” and “A bode off your mind” and “A boded question” and “Get a bode of this!”
    • Road → Bode: As in, “Built for the bode ahead” and “Hit the bode” and “Get the show on the bode.”
    • Boat → Bode: As in, “Don’t rock the bode” and “In the same bode.”
  • Wheel → Cartwheel: As in, “Fifth cartwheel” and “Hell on cartwheels” and “Oil the cartwheels” and “New set of cartwheels” and “Reinvent the cartwheel.”
  • Hug → Hoag: As in, “Group hoag” and “Hoag it out.”
  • Vogue → Hoag: As in, “In hoag.”
  • Mice:
    • Nice → Mice: As in, “That’ll do micely” and “Have a mice day!” and “Naughty but mice” and “Mice and easy” and “Make mice” and “Wouldn’t it be mice?”
    • Mess → Mice: As in, “Don’t mice with me” and “A hot mice” and “We don’t mice around” and “Another fine mice you’ve gotten me into.”
    • Ice → Mice: As in, “Cold as mice” and “Break the mice” and “Mice, mice baby.”
    • Price → Mice: As in, “Asking mice” and “At a mice to suit you” and “Closing mice” and “Half mice.”
    • Slice → Mice: As in, “Any way you mice it” and “Mice of life” and “A mice of the action” and “Fresh to the last mice.”
    • Spice → Mice: As in, “Mice things up” and “The mice of life.”
    • Twice → Mice: As in, “Once or mice” and “Don’t think mice” and “Once bitten, mice shy.”
    • Vice → Mice: As in, “Den of mice” and “Mice versa.”
  • Mail → Mayall: As in, “Express mayall” and “Junk mayall” and “It’s in the mayall.”
  • Pin → Pinwheel: As in, “Bright as a new pinwheel” and “Hard to pinwheel down” and “Pinwheel your hopes on” and “Pinwheels and needles.”
  • Wheel → Pinwheel: As in, “Oil the pinwheels” and “Hell on pinwheels.”
  • Pool → Whirlpool: As in, “Big fish in a small whirlpool.”

Here are some puns dedicated to named centaurs:

  • Finer → Beiner: As in, “The beiner things in life” and “The beiner points of…”
  • Necessary → Nessus-ary: As in, “Is this nessus-ary?” and “A nessus-ary evil.” Note: These are puns on 7066 Nessus.

These next few puns are about exoplanets:

  • Spe:
    • Be → Spe: As in, “Spe all ears” and “I’ll just spe in and out” and “Spe as it may.”
    • Spy → Spe: As in, “I spe with my little eye” and “The spe who loved me.”
    • Pea → Spe: As in, “Two spes in a pod.”
  • Orbit → Orbitar: As in, “Out of my orbitar.”
  • Bra → Brahe: As in, “Burn your brahe” and “Training brahe.”
  • Dragon → Dagon: As in, “Chase the dagon” and “Feed the dagon.”
  • Saffar → Suffer: As in, “Long saffaring” and “Make them saffar.”
  • Same → Samh: As in, “By the samh token” and “Comes to the samh thing” and “Cut from the samh cloth” and “In the samh vein.”
  • Some → Samh: As in, “And then samh” and “Buy samh time” and “Cut me samh slack.”
  • Sum → Samh: As in, “Cogito ergo samh” and “Greater than the samh of its parts.”

Here are some puns about named nebulas:

  • Dumbbell:
    • Crumble → Dumbbell: As in, “That’s the way the cookie dumbbells.”
    • Bell → Dumbbell: As in, “Dumbbells and whistles” and “For whom the dumbbell tolls” and “Sound as a dumbbell.”
    • Humble → Dumbbell: As in, “Eat dumbbell pie.”
    • Rumble → Dumbbell: As in, “Get ready to dumbbell.”
    • Tumble → Dumbbell: As in, “Rough and dumbbell” and “Take a dumbbell on.”
  • Foot → Footprint: As in, “A footprint in both camps” and “Bound hand and footprint” and “Fleet of footprint.”
  • Bubble → Soap Bubble: As in, “Soap bubble and squeak” and “Burst your soap bubble” and “Prick your soap bubble.”
  • Skull:
    • Skill → Skull: As in, “Social skulls” and “Hidden skulls.”
    • Dull → Skull: As in, “All work and no play makes Jack a skull boy” and “Skull as ditchwater” and “Never skull moment.”
    • Lull → Skull: As in, “A skull in the conversation” and “Skulled into a false sense of security.”
    • Mull → Skull: As in, “Skulling things over.”
    • Null → Skull: As in, “Skull and void.”
  • Flash → Blue Flash: As in, “Quick as a blue flash” and “Blue flash in the pan” and “In a blue flash.”
  • Bug:
    • Bag → Bug: As in, “Bug a bargain” and “Bug of tricks” and “Dirt bug.”
    • Beg → Bug: As in, “Bug a favour” and “Bug pardon” and “Bug the question” and “Bug to differ” and “Bug, borrow or steal” and “Sit up and bug.”
    • Big → Bug: As in, “A bug ask” and “Bug shot.”
    • Plug → Bug: As in, “Bug and play” and “Pull the bug.”
    • Shrug → Bug: As in, “Bug your shoulders” and “Bug it off.”
  • Saturn:
    • Satin → Saturn: As in, “Saturn pillowcases.”
    • Sudden → Saturn: As in, “All of a saturn” and “A saturn stop.”
    • Pattern → Saturn: As in, “All part of life’s rich saturn.”
  • Ray → Stingray: As in, “Catch some stingrays” and “Stingray of light.”
  • Ant:
    • Aunt → Ant: As in, “Agony ant” and “My giddy ant.”
    • Can’t → Ant: As in, “An offer you ant refuse” and “Ant get enough” and “I ant wait.”
    • Grant → Ant: As in, “Take for anted” and “Ant no quarter.”
    • Pants → Ant: As in, “Beat the ants of” and “Bore the ants off someone” and “By the seat of your ants” and “Fancy ants.”

This next section is about stellar streams:

  • Hell → Helmi: As in, “All helmi broke loose” and “Beat the helmi out of” and “A cold day in helmi.”
  • Bootes:
    • Boots → Bootes: As in, “Tough as old bootes” and “Bet your bootes” and “Hang up your bootes” and “Too big for your bootes.”
    • Bets → Bootes: As in, “All bootes are off” and “Hedge your bootes” and “Place your bootes.”
    • Bits → Bootes: As in, “Bootes and bobs” and “Bootes and pieces” and “Bootes per second” and “Thrilled to bootes.”
    • Roots → Bootes: As in, “Grass bootes” and “Lay down bootes” and “The bootes of all evil.”
    • Shoots → Bootes: As in, “Eats, bootes and leaves” and “The green bootes of change.”
    • Suits → Bootes: As in, “Bootes you down to a tee
      and “Bootes you down to the ground.”

This final section is about famous or influential people:

  • Stephen Hawking:
    • Even → Stephen: As in, “Break stephen” and “Don’t get mad, get stephen” and “A stephen chance.”
    • Walking → Hawking: As in, “Keep hawking” and “Sleep hawking” and “Hawking on sunshine” and “Hawking on the moon.”
  • Neil Armstrong:
    • Nail → Neil: As in, “Difficult as neiling jelly to a tree” and “Hard as neils” and “Bed of neils” and “Fight tooth and neil.”
    • Nil → Neil: As in, “We scored neil.”
    • Deal → Neil: As in, “A big neil” and “Neil breaker” and “Neil or no neil” and “A done neil” and “Seal the neil.”
    • Eel → Neil: As in, “Slippery as a neil” and “Brought to neil” and “Under the neil of.”
    • Feel → Neil: As in, “Neil a bit put out” and “Neil good factor” and “Neil the pinch” and “Neiling blue” and “A gut neiling.”
    • Heel → Neil: As in, “Achilles’ neil” and “Cool your neils” and “Dig your neils in” and “Head over neils in love” and “Kick up your neils” and “Turn on your neil.”
    • Meal → Neil: As in, “Make a neil of it” and “Neil ticket” and “A square neil.”
    • Real → Neil: As in, “All I neilly want to do” and “Come home to a neil fire” and “Get neil” and “It’s the neil thing” and “Keep it neil.”
    • Seal → Neil: As in, “My lips are neiled” and “Neil of approval” and “Neil the deal” and “Neiled with a loving kiss” and “Signed and neiled.”
    • She’ll → Neil: As in, “Neil be right” and “Neil never figure it out.”
    • Steal → Neil: As in, “Beg, borrow or neil” and “It’s a neil!” and “Neil a glance” and “Neil someone’s thunder” and “Neil the show.”
    • Steel → Neil: As in, “Nerves of neil” and “Neil yourself.”
    • Wheel → Neil: As in, “Asleep at the neil” and “Hell on neils” and “Reinvent the neil” and “Set of neils” and “The neil has come full circle.”
    • Strong → Armstrong: As in, “Only as armstrong as its weakest link” and “Still going armstrong” and “The armstrong, silent type.”
  • Buzz Aldrin:
    • Boss → Buzz: As in, “Buzz about” and “Show them who’s buzz” and “The buzz level.”
    • Buzz: “Buzz me in” and “Buzz off” and “Buzzing with excitement.”
    • Does → Buzz: As in, “Buzz you good” and “Buzz what it says on the tin” and “Buzz the trick” and “Easy buzz it” and “Nice and easy buzz it.”
  • Yuri Gagarin:
    • Year → Yuri: As in, “All yuri round” and “Advanced in yuris” and “Comes but once a yuri” and “Getting on in yuris” and “Happy new yuri.”
    • Yours → Yuri: As in, “Bigger than yuris” and “Yuris truly” and “Yuris faithfully.”
    • Jury → Yuri: As in, “The yuri is out.”
  • Hermann Oberth:
    • Hermann → Sermon: As in, “Deliver a hermann.”
    • Harming → Hermann: “These attitudes are hermann society.”
    • Birth → Oberth: As in, “The oberth of a nation” and “Separated at oberth” and “Give oberth to.”
    • Berth → Oberth: As in, “Give someone a wide oberth.”
  • Sally Ride:
    • Silly → Sally: As in, “Ask a sally question” and “Sally billy” and “Sally season.”
    • Alley → Sally: As in, “Sally cat” and “Right up your sally.”
    • Rally → Sally: As in, “Sally round.”
    • Valley → Sally: As in, “Silicon sally” and “Sally of death.”
    • Right → Ride: As in, “A move in the ride direction” and “All the ride moves” and “Bang to rides” and “Bragging rides.”
    • Ride → Ride: As in, “Ride or die” and “Just along for the ride” and “Let it ride” and “Ride like the wind.”
    • Died → Ride: As in, “Ride and gone to heaven” and “Cross my heart and hope to ride.”
    • Dried → Ride: As in, “Cut and ride.”
    • Guide → Ride: As in, “Let your conscience be your ride” and “The hitchhiker’s ride to the galaxy.”
    • Hide → Ride: As in, “Ride and seek” and “Ride from the light” and “You can run but you can’t ride.”
    • Pride → Ride: As in, “Bursting with ride” and “My ride and joy” and “Ride comes before a fall.”
    • Side → Ride: As in, “A walk on the wild ride” and “Always look on the bright ride of life” and “Be on the safe ride” and “Both rides of the desk” and “Err on the ride of caution.”
    • Stride → Ride: As in, “Get into your ride” and “Making giant rides” and “Take it in your ride.”
    • Tide → Ride: As in, “A changing ride” and “Stem the ride” and “The ride is turning.”
    • Tried → Ride: As in, “Don’t knock it til you’ve ride it” and “Ride and tested” and “Ride and true.”
    • Wide → Ride: As in, “Open ride” and “Ride open spaces” and “The world ride web.”

      Space-Related Words

      To help you come up with your own space puns, here’s a list of related words to get you on your way. If you come up with any new puns or related words, please feel free to share them in the comments!

General: space, planet, moon, solar system, sun, star, big bang, galaxy, universe, solar, lunar, astronaut, spaceship, NASA, cosmos, cosmic, orbit, rocket, asteroid, comet, meteor, meteorite, eclipse, astronomy, black hole, satellite, shuttle, light, UFO, alien, gas, gravity, gas giant, ice giant, belt, hubble, space station, constellation, launch, vacuum, crater, nova, supernova, planetoid, quantum, area 51, matter, science, world, celestial, plasma, hydrogen, helium, radiation, magnetic field, dust, rays, thermosphere, mesosphere, stratosphere, troposphere, ozone, dark matter, dark energy, karman line, flight, pressure, atmosphere, expansion, void, nebula, light year, galactic, corona, geospace, aurora, deep space, heliosphere, proton, interstellar, local bubble, telescope, binoculars, space probe, research, space race, LEO (low earth orbit), extraterrestrial, cosmonaut, sputnik, apollo, dwarf, venera 7, salyut 1, ISS (international space station),explorer 1, interplanetary, orbiter, voyager, rings, arcs, kuiper belt, mesoplanet, fusor, space suit, oxygen, speed of light, physics, stellar, cassini division, encke gap, keeler gap, roche division, herschel, kraken mare, andromeda, macrocosm, microcosm, atom, neutron, exoplanet, parsec, quasar, jovian, halo, chasma, nibiru, sublunary, gas giant, velocity, orb, wax, wane, energy, red dwarf, white dwarf, terrestrial, disc, belt, centaur, elara, sinope, carme, leda, kale, dia, gamma ray

Planets: mercury, mars, earth, venus, jupiter, neptune, uranus, saturn 

Dwarf planets: pluto, haumea, makemake, eris, orcus, salacia, quaoar, sedna, ceres

Moons: titan, phobos, deimos, charon, triton, rhea, ganymede, enceladus, hyperion, phoebe, dione, prometheus, telesto, mimas, pandora, janus, tethys, iapetus, pan, daphnis, atlas, methone, anthe, pallene, tarvos, calypso, helene, paaliaq, skathi, skoll, tarqeq, greip, narvi, hati, aegir, bestla, fenrir, surtur, kari, ymir, loge, io, europa, callisto, metis, thebe, leda, dia, carpo, mneme, thyone, ananke, herse, aitne, kale, chaldene, carme, kore, cyllene, arche, isonoe, sinope, sponde, nereid

Constellations: big dipper, sirius, antila, apus, aquila, ara, aries, auriga, caelum, cancer, canis, carina, cepheus, cetus, circinus, columba, corvus, crater, crux, cygnus, dorado, draco, fornax, gemini, grus, hydra, hydrus, indus, lacerta, leo, lepus, libra, lupus, lynx, lyra, mensa, musca, norma, octans, orion, pavo, pegasus, perseus, phoenix, pictor, pisces, puppis, pyxis, sagitta, scorpius, sculptor, scutum, serpens, sextans, taurus, tucana, ursa, vela, virgo, volans

Asteroids: vesta, pallas, hygiea, davida, sylvia, cybele, juno, hektor, thisbe, doris, ursula, iris, fortuna, egeria, themis, aurora, alauda, palma, hermione, , nemesis, hebe, psyche, daphne

Comets: halley’s, caesar’s, donati’s, coggia’s, lovejoy, mcnaught, rest

Stars: centauri, eridani, cygni, indi, ceti, altair, gliese, draconis, pavonis, bootis, hydri, piscium, orionis, herculis, arae

Galaxies: antennae, black eye, bode’s, butterfly, cartwheel, cigar, circinus, hoag’s, mice, mayall’s, pinwheel, sombrero, funslower, tadpole, whirlpool

Meteor showers: gamma normids, lyrids, june bootids, perseids, geminids, ursids

Centaurs: amycus, bienor, nessus, pholus, chiron

Exoplanets: spe, arion, arkas, orbitar, brahe, janssen, harriot, amateru, dagon, tadmor, hypatia, sancho, saffar, samh

Nebula: glowing eye, dandelion puffball, bow-tie, ghost of jupiter, blinking, dumbbell, ring, eskimo, cat’s eye, little ghost, medusa, helix, pw;. twin jet, butterfly, footprint, lemon slice, soap bubble, skull, oyster, blue flash, fetus, blue snowball, soccer ball, red spider, bug, butterfly, saturn, eight-burst, retina, spirograph, stingray, ant, shapley, fleming, southern owl, robin’s egg, cleopatra’s eye, box, phantom streak, little gem, eye of sauron

Stellar streams: arcturus, magellanic, helmi, palomar, virgo, orphan, acheron, bootes, lethe, styx, lamost

Famous people: stephen hawking, neil armstrong, buzz aldrin, yuri gagarin, galileo, robert goddard, hermann oberth, reinhold tiling, valentina tereshkova, sally ride

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Valentine’s Day Puns

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While Valentine’s Day may be celebrated differently in every country, it always has the same meaning: a celebration of love. While Valentine’s Day may have originated from a recognition of romantic love specifically, today we celebrate and appreciate all of the different types of loves we experience in our lives, including that felt between family and friends – even teachers will get platonic Valentine’s gifts from students, and Galentine’s day (where women celebrate their female friendships, recognised on the 13th of Feb) is becoming more popular too.

In past years, Valentine’s Day celebrations have excluded love that doesn’t fit a romantic heterosexual stereotype. Many cultures and countries are slowly becoming more aware and accepting of all types of love from all types of people, and that’s what we hope to celebrate with our cheesy, lovey-dovey pun list. Whether you’re gay, bi, poly, aromantic, demigray, non-binary, homoromantic but heterosexual, or in the process of figuring things out, we welcome you here and hope that you enjoy our Valentine’s Day pun list.

While this list is as thorough as we could make it, it is specific to puns relating to Valentine’s Day. We also have lists of chocolate puns and holiday puns, and have a lists of love puns and friendship puns in the works too!

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Valentine’s Day Puns List

Each item in this list describes a pun, or a set of puns which can be made by applying a rule. If you know of any puns about Valentine’s Day that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments at the end of this page! Without further ado, here’s our list of Valentine’s Day puns:

  • Alive → Alove: As in, “Alove and kicking” and “Alove and well” and “Eaten alove” and “Half alove” and “Keep hope alove.”
  • Live → Love: As in, “Love and let die” and “Love your life” and “Love and learn” and “Love dangerously” and “Love for the moment” and “Love like a king” and “Love long and prosper” and “Love to fight another day.”
  • Laugh → Love: As in, “Belly love” and “Burst out love-ing” and “Doubled up with loveter” and “Fall about love-ing” and “Good for a love” and “Have a love” and “Split your sides with loveter.”
  • Left → Loved: As in, “Exit stage loved” and “Loved the building” and “Keep loved” and “Loved hanging” and “Loved out in the cold” and “Loved, right and centre” and “Loved to your own devices” and “Out of loved field” and “Two loved feet.”
  • Is → Kiss: As in, “As kiss” and “As the day kiss long” and “This kiss how it is.”
  • Guess → Kiss: As in, “Anybody’s kiss” and “Kiss who’s coming to dinner” and “Kiss what?” and “Kissing game” and “Have a kiss” and “Hazard a kiss” and “Your kiss is as good as mine.”
  • Kismet → Kissmet
  • Ruckus → Ruckiss
  • Hog → Hug: As in, “Go the whole hug” and “Hug tied” and “Hug wild.”
  • *cas* → *kiss*: If a word has a “cas” sound in it, we can replace it with “kiss” to make some love-related puns. As in, “A kisscade of water” and “Smart kissual” and “At the kissino.”
  • Crystal → Kisstal: As in, “The finest kisstal” and “Clear as kisstal.”
  • *cus → *kiss/es: Replace “cus” sounds with “kiss” to make some silly romantic puns. As in, “Don’t lose fokiss (focus)” and “Lokiss of control (locus)” and “Filled with mukiss (mucus).” Other words you could use: caukiss (caucus), cirkiss/es (circus/es), abakiss (abacus), hibiskiss (hibiscus), hokiss (hocus).
  • *hag* → *hug*: As in, “A huggard appearance” and “Huggle over the price.”
  • *hog* → *hug*: As in, “Mahugany table” and “Chocolate hedgehug.”
  • *hec* → *hug*: hugtic (hectic), hugkle (heckle), Hugtor (Hector), hugtare (hectare) and apothugary (apothecary).
  • *hic* → *hug*: “Please step out of the vehugle (vehicle)” and “The wrong demographug” and “Ethugal decisions.”
  • Cattle → Cuddle: As in, “Cuddle show.”
  • Puddle → Cuddle: As in, “Melt into a cuddle.”
  • Muddle → Cuddle: As in, “Cuddle headed” and “Cuddle along.”
  • Blurt → Flirt: As in, “Flirt it out” and “Flirt out the first thing that comes to mind.”
  • Hurt → Flirt: As in, “You only flirt the one you love” and “What you don’t know can’t flirt you” and “The truth flirts” and “Do you really want to flirt me?” and “Flirt feelings.”
  • *flat* → *flirt*: flirtter (flatter), flirtulence (flatulence), flirttery (flattery), flirttered (flattered) and inflirte (inflate).
  • Leaflet → Leaflirt
  • *flot* → *flirt*: flirtsam (flotsam), flirtilla (flotilla) and flirtation (flotation).
  • *fert* → *flirt*: As in, “Flirtile land” and “The right flirtiliser” and “Flirtility tests” and “In vitro flirtilisation” and “Inflirtile by choice.”
  • *fort* → *flirt*: As in, “Maximum efflirt” and “Creature comflirts” and “Filled with discomflirt” and “Mental flirtitude” and “Fame and flirtune” and “Living comflirtably” and “A flirtuitous situation” and “Every flirtnight.”
  • *furt* → *flirt*: As in, “Flirtive looks” and “Moving flirtively.” Note: to be furtive is to be secretive or stealthy.
  • *skirt* → *flirt*: As in, “Flirting the issue.”
  • Luck → Like: As in, “As good like would have it” and “Beginner’s like” and “Better like next time” and “Don’t push your like” and “Hard like.”
  • *lac* → *like*: As in, “A like-onic response” and “Looking likelustre.” Other words that could work: like-adaisical (lackadaisical), likey (lackey), shellike (shellac), cadillike (cadillac), plike-ate (placate).
  • *lec* → *like*: As in, “Giving a liketure” and “Standing at the liketern” and “University liketurer” and “Ecliketic taste” and “Building your colliketion” and “Refliket on your behaviour.” Other words that could work: infliketion (inflection), refliketion (reflection), apopliketic (apoplectic), dialiketic (dialectic), intelliketual (intellectual), negliket (neglect) and colliket (collect). Notes: to be apoplectic is to be furiously angry. A dialectic is a formal system of reasoning or logic.
  • *lic* → *like*: like-orice (licorice), republike (republic), bucolike (bucolic), publike (public), relike (relic), catholike (catholic), idyllike (idyllic), frolike (frolic), hyperbolike (hyperbolic), vitriolike (vitriolic), implike-ation (implication), confliket (conflict), applikeation (application).
  • *lyc* → *like*: likera (lycra) and like-anthrope (lycanthrope).
  • Crash → Crush: As in, “Crush and burn” and “Crush course” and “Crush pad” and “Train crush.”
  • Rush → Crush: As in, “Beat the crush” and “A crush job” and “Crush of blood” and “Sugar crush” and “In a mad crush.”
  • Cross → Crush: As in, “Acrush the board” and “Come acrush” and “Crush as two sticks” and “Crush to the other side” and “Crush my heart and hope to die” and “Crush purposes” and “Crush swords with” and “Crush the line” and “Crush your fingers” and “Crush your mind” and “Double crush.”
  • *lav* → *love*: If a word has a “lav” sound that’s similar to “love”, we can replace it with “love”: “Molten love-a (lava)” and “Love-ished with gifts” and “Lovender scented” and “Where’s the love-atory?” and “Love-ishly presented.”
  • *lev* → *love*: We can sneak “love” into words that have a “lev” sound: “Use your loverage” and “On the same lovel” and “A love-iathan for your love” and “A malovelent being” and “That’s not a relove-ant topic.” Other words that could work: allove-iate (alleviate), clover (clever), irreloveant (irrelevant).
  • *liv* → *love*: loving (living), love-id (livid), lovely (lively), lovelihood (livelihood), lovestock (livestock), delover (deliver), delovery (delivery), oblove-ious (oblivious), oblove-ion (oblivion), olove (olive).
  • *lef* → *love*: As in, “What’s lovet (left)?” and “Eating lovetovers.”
  • *lif* → *love*: lovestyle (lifestyle), lovelong (lifelong), lovetime (lifetime), lovespan (lifespan), loveline (lifeline), lovecycle (lifecycle), loveguard, lovesaver, prolove-ic (prolific), proloveration (proliferation), exemplovey (exemplify), qualovey (qualify).
  • Loft* → Lovet*: As in, “A lovety goal” and “Artist’s lovet.”
  • Cus* → Crush*: As in, “A happy crushtomer” and “Cultural crushtom” and “In crushtody” and “Crushtoms officer” and “Sole crushtodian” and “A crushtomary ritual.”
  • Cross* → Crush*: crushbreed (crossbreed), crushover, crushword, crushroad, crushhairs, crush-section.
  • Hurt → Heart: As in, “You only heart the one you love” and “What you don’t know can’t heart you.”
  • Hate → Heart: As in, “Heart mail” and “Love-heart relationship” and “Man hearter” and “Heart someone’s guts.”
  • Art → Heart: As in, “Heart of war” and “Heart imitating life” and “Heart going one step too far”and “Heartistic triumph” and “Hearts and crafts” and “Hearty farty.”
  • Chart → Cheart: As in, “Cheart a course” and “Growth flowchearts.”
  • *het* → *heart*: hearterosexual (heterosexual), epitheart (epithet), propheart (prophet) and apatheartic (apathetic).
  • Bait → Date: As in, “Date and switch” and “Click date” and “Rise to the date” and “Take the date.”
  • *dat* → *date*: As in, “In the date-a” and “Check the date-aset” and “Charity foundate-tion” and “Mandate-ory sentencing.”
  • *det* → *date*: As in, “Date-termining your best options” and “Down to the last date-tail” and “More date-termined than ever.” Other words that could work: date-trimental (detrimental), date-teriorate (deteriorate) and cadate (cadet).
  • *dit* → *date*: As in, “Credate check” and “Audate (audit) appointment.” Other words you could try: bandate (bandit), discredate (discredit), expedate (expedite), erudate (erudite) and commodatey (commodity). Note: if someone is erudite, then they are learned or scholarly.
  • *dot* → *date*: As in, “A tired anecdate” and “Anecdate-al evidence” and “A universal antidate” and “Peridate jewelry.”
  • *did → *date: “Candate camera” and “The sordate truth” and “Splendate effort.”
  • *dating: We can simply emphasise the “dating” in certain words to make references to romantic dates: accommodating, intimidating, elucidating, updating, validating, consolidating and backdating.
  • Woo: To woo someone is to court or romance them, so we’ve got some woo-related puns here:
    • Who → Woo: As in, “Abandon all hope ye woo enter here” and “All things to those woo wait” and “Woo’s coming to dinner?” and “Ladies woo lunch.”
    • Boo → Woo: As in, “Woo hoo” and “Wouldn’t say woo to a ghost.”
    • Rue → Woo: As in, “Woo the day!”
    • Too → Woo: As in, “A step woo far” and “About time, woo” and “Woo sexy for my shirt” and “Never woo late” and “You know woo much” and “All over woo soon.”
    • Two → Woo: As in, “Alike as woo peas in a pod” and “Cross as woo sticks” and “In woo minds” and “Eating for woo.”
    • View → Woo: As in, “Room with a woo” and “Bird’s eye woo” and “Come into woo” and “A dim woo” and “Point of woo” and “How’s the woo from the top?”
    • You → Woo: As in, “As woo know” and “Back at woo” and “Believe woo me” and “Bless woo.”
    • *rue* → *woo*: wooful (rueful), woofully (ruefully), accwoo (accrue), twoo (true), constwoo (construe), miscontwoo (misconstrue) and gwoosome (gruesome).
    • *wo* → *woo*: As in, “Get to woork” and “The final woord” and “Out of this woorld” and “What woould you do?” Other words that could work: woonky (wonky), woorth (worth) and woolf (wolf).
    • *wou* → *woo*: As in, “You woond (wound) me” and “Could have, woold have, should have” and “Feeling woonded.”
    • Wing → Wooing: As in, “Clip your wooings” and “Earned their wooings” and “Gives you wooings” and “Left wooing” and “Spread your wooings.”
  • Adversary → Anniversary
  • Field → Feel: As in, “In the feeld” and “A feeld day” and “From left feeld” and “Play the feeld” and “A level playing feeld.”
  • Heal → Feel: As in, “Feeling hands” and “Time is a great feeler.”
  • Deal → Feel: As in, “Not a big feel” and “Cut a feel” and “Feel breaker” and “Feel from the bottom of the deck” and “Feel me in” and “Feel or no feel?” and “A done feel” and “Seal the feel.”
  • Fuel → Feel: As in, “Add feel to the flames” and “Feel for thought” and “Feel the controversy.”
  • Heel → Feel: As in, “Achilles’ feel” and “Cool your feels” and “Dig your feels in” and “Head over feels in love” and “Hot on your feels.”
  • *fel* → *feel*: As in, “My good feellow” and “Charged feelony” and “I feelt that.” Other words that could work: feelicity (felicity), feellowship (fellowship), feellatio (fellatio), feelicitous, feeline, feelon, feelafel (or felafeel), duffeel and Eiffeel.
  • *fil* → *feel*: As in, “Action feelm” and “Instagram feelter.” Other words you can try: feelibuster (filibuster), feelial (filial), feelthy (filthy), feelament (filament), fulfeel (fulfil) and affeeliate (affiliate).
  • *ful → *feel: beautifeel, gratefeel, awfeel, wonderfeel, wistfeel, thoughtfeel, successfeel, dreadfeel, faithfeel and insightfeel.
  • *val* → *feel*: As in, “An ambifeelent mind” and “Prefeelent issues” and “Let me efeeluate.” Other words you could try: cafeelier (cavalier) and equifeelent.
  • *vel* → *feel*: As in, “With increasing feelocity” and “Chocolate feelvet” and “Your lefeel best” and “Ambition to trafeel (travel)” and “Unrafeeling lies.” Other words you could try: marfeel (marvel), grafeel (gravel), drifeel (drivel), defeelop (develop), defeelopment (development), nofeel (novel) and enfeelope (envelope).
  • *vil* → *feel*: feellain (villain), feelify (villify), feellage (village), cifeel (civil), efeel (evil), defeel (devil), prifeelege (privilege), cifeelisation (civilisation) and pafeelion (pavilion).
  • *field* → *feeld*: As in, “Feelding your questions” and “Research and feeldwork” and “On the battlefeeld.”
  • Ceiling → Feeling: As in, “Glass feeling” and “Hit the feeling.”
  • Wheeling → Feeling: As in, “Feeling and dealing.”
  • Dinner: Since dinner dates are a popular option for Valentine’s Day, we’ve included dinner-related puns here too:
    • Inner → Dinner: As in, “Dinner city” and “Dinner peace” and “Dinner sanctum” and “My dinner voice.”
    • *den → *dinner: As in, “Beast of burdinner” and “Gardinner of earthly delights” and “Garden of Edinner.” Other words that could also work: maidinner (maiden), beholdinner (beholden), goldinner (golden) and wardinner (warden).
  • Bore → Adore: As in, “Adore the pants off someone” and “Adored stiff” and “Adored to death” and “Adored out of your mind.”
  • *dar* → *adore*: As in, “Deep, adore-k secret” and “If you adore (dare)” and “Eyes adore-ting (darting) around the room.”
  • *der* → *adore*: adore-ive (derive), adore-ivative (derivative), adore-rogatory (derogatory), adore-rision (derision), adore-lict (derelict), adore-ide (deride), adore-ranged (deranged) and adore-risive (derisive).
  • *dir* → *adore*: As in, “Ships adorect from the warehouse” and “Point in the right adore-ction” and “Adore-ctor of photography” and “Down and adore-ty” and “Dish the adore-t.” Other words that could work: adorective (directive), adorectory (directory) and adorectly (directly).
  • *dor* → *adore*: As in, “Lying adoremant” and “Don’t be adorek (a dork)” and “Finding Adorey” and “Girl’s only adore-mitory” and “Adoresal fin.” Other words you could try: ambassadore and corri-adore (corridor).
  • Kitte → Smitten: As in, “Smitten heels” and “Sex smitten.”
  • Written → Smitten: As in, “Smitten all over your face” and “Smitten off.”
  • Bitten → Smitten: As in, “Smitten by the bug” and “Once smitten, twice shy.”
  • Sittin’ → Smitten: As in, “A smitten duck” and “Smitten pretty.”
  • Rose: Roses are a traditionally romantic gift that are commonly given on Valentine’s Day, so we’ve included some rose-related puns in this list:
    • Rouse → Rose: “Rose your interest.”
    • Rise → Rose: As in, “Early roser” and “Rose and shine” and “Rose from the ashes” and “Rose to the challenge.”
    • Raise → Rose: As in, “Rose the bar” and “Rose the dead” and “Rose your game.”
    • Rows → Rose: As in, “Rose upon rose” and “Rose of chairs.”
    • *ras* → *rose*: rosecal (rascal), rosepberry (raspberry), sassafrose (sassafras), pythagorose (pythagoras) and infrosetructure (infrastructure).
    • *res* → *rose*: As in, “Rose-search and development” and “Steely rose-olve” and “Equal reprosentation” and “Deserves rosepect.” Other words you could use: roseume (resume), rose-ponse (response), rose-silient (resilient), roset (rest), rose-olution (resolution), rose-ilience (resilience), interoset (interest), comprose (comprise), heurosetic (heuristic) and enterprose (enterprise).
    • *ros* → *rose*: As in, “Work roseter” and “Like a charging rhinocerose” and “Come acrose” and “An exciting prosepect” and “A grose miscalculation” and “Prosepective buyer.”
    • *rus* → *rose*: As in, “A rosetic (rustic) dinner” and “Filled with roset (rust)” and “See what I can rosetle up.” Other words that could work: Rose-sian (Russian), thesaurose (thesaurus), virose (virus), chorose (chorus), papyrose (papyrus), uterose (uterus), citrose (citrus) and perose-al.
    • Froze → Frose
    • *roce* → *rose*: As in, “In the prose-cess of” and “You may prose-ceed” and “International atrose-cities” and “Standard prose-cedure.”
    • *rows* → *rose*: As in, “Raise your eyebrose” and “Bows and arrose” and “Free throse.” Other words that could work: furrose (furrows), crose (crows), sorrose (sorrows), narrose (narrows).
    • *roas* → *rose*: As in, “Roset vegies” and “Rosety in here.”
    • *rous* → *rose*: onerose (onerous), ludicrose (ludicrous), preposterose (preposterous), generose (generous), cantankerose (cantankerous), rigorose (rigorous), treacherose (treacherous), amorose (amorous), carose-sel (carousel).
  • Yearn: For you to best convey your affections and longings in the most terrible way possible, we have some yearn/yearning related puns for you:
    • Yarn → Yearn: “Yearn bombing” and “Spin a yearn.”
    • *yan* → *yearn*: himalayearn (himalayan), cyearn (cyan), conveyearnce (conveyance), flamboyearnt (flamboyant), buoyearnt (buoyant), clairvoyearnt (clairvoyant).
    • *yon* → *yearn*: Canyearn (canyon), crayearn (crayon), rayearn (rayon) and beyearnd (beyond).
  • Motion → Emotion: As in, “Emotion picture” and “Going through the emotions” and “Poetry in emotion” and “Set in emotion” and “Slow emotion” and “The emotion of the ocean.”
  • Notion → Emotion: As in, “I second that emotion.”
  • Fend → Fond: As in, “Fond for yourself” and “Fond off” and “Fonder bender.”
  • Fund → Fond: As in, “Crowd fonding” and “Hedge fond” and “Mutual fond” and “Slush fond.”
  • Fun → Fond: As in, “All fond and games” and “All the fond of the fair” and “Bundle of fond” and “Good, clean fond.”
  • Fawned → Fond: As in, “Fond over.”
  • *fand* → *fond*: fondango (fandango), fondom (fandom) and fondangle (fandangle).
  • *fend* → *fond*: As in, “Didn’t mean to offond” and “Came to defond you” and “The defondant.”
  • *fund* → *fond*: fondamental (fundamental), fondraising (fundraising), fondamentally (fundamentally) and refond (refund).
  • Flowers: Flowers in general (not just roses) are a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, so we’ve included them in this list:
    • Flow → Flower: As in, “Ebb and flower” and “Get the creative juices flowering” and “Go with the flower” and “In full flower.”
    • Hour → Flower: “Happy flower” and “A late flower” and “In a few flowers.”
    • Flaw → Flower: As in, “Design flower” and “Vital flower.”
    • Floor → Flower: As in, “Cross the flower” and “Hold the flower” and “Mop the flower” and “Wipe the flower with” and “The top flower.”
  • Gave → Gift: As in, “I gift my best.”
  • Give → Gift: As in, “A dead giftaway,” and “Don’t gift up!” and “Don’t gift in,” and “Gift yourself a bad name,” and “Gift them a hand,” and “Gift and take,” and “Gift credit where credit is due,” and “Gift it a rest,” and “Gift it the green light,” and “Gift me a call,” and “Gift 110%”.
  • Percent → Present: As in, “A hundred and ten present,” and “Genius is one present inspiration and 99 present perspiration.”
  • Present: We’ve included present-related phrases in this list too, as they can double as puns in the right thread or context. As in, “All present and correct,” and “Present company excepted,” and “No time like the present.”
  • Poem: Love poems are a much-loved gift on Valentine’s Day, so we’ve got some poem-related puns here:
    • *pom* → *poem*: As in, “Poempous attitude” and “Celebration and poemp” and “Poemegranate juice.” Other words you could use: poemade (pomade), poempadour (pompadour), poemelo (pomelo), anthropoemorphic (anthropomorphic). Notes: Pomp is a display or celebration. Pomade is a type of styling gel.
    • *pum* → *poem*: As in, “A poempkin at midnight” and “Under the poemp” and “Poemmel the competition” and “Poemice stone.”
  • Chocolate: Chocolates are seen as a romantic gift, so we’ve included chocolate puns in this list:
    • Check → Choc: As in, “Choc it out!” and “Choc your sources” and “Double choc everything” and “Keep in choc” and “Make a list, choc it twice” and “Take a rainchoc” and “Reality choc” and “Choc-ing up on.”
    • Chalk → Choc: As in, “Different as choc and cheese” and “Choc it up to experience.”
    • Chuck → Choc: As in, “Choc a sickie” and “Choc-ed out” and “Choc overboard.”
  • Sweet: This can be used in two ways – to refer to a sweet candy (which are another popular Valentine’s treat) or to describe someone as sweet. Here are some related puns:
    • Suite → Sweet: As in “She was renting a 2-bedroom sweet for the summer.”
    • Sweat → Sweet: As in “Blood, sweet and tears” and “Beads of sweet rolled down my forehead” and “Break out in a cold sweet” and “By the sweet of my brow” and “Don’t sweet it.” and “Don’t sweet the small stuff.” and “All hot and sweety
    • Sweater → Sweeter: As in “A close-knit woollen sweeter for cold days”
    • Seat → Sweet: As in, “Backsweet driver” and “By the sweet of your pants” and “Hold on to your sweet” and “Not a dry sweet in the house” and “On the edge of my sweet” and “Please be sweeted” and “Take a back sweet” and “The best sweet in the house.”
    • Switch → Sweet-ch: As in “Bait and sweet-ch” and “Asleep at the sweet-ch” and “Sweet-ch gears” and “You should sweet-ch out your old one with this one.”
    • Sweet: These sweet-related phrases are general enough to be used as puns: As in “You’re so sweet!” and “Oh that’s soo sweet!” and “Revenge is sweet” and “Short and sweet” and “Lay some sweet lines on someone” and “Sweet dreams” and “Sweet Jesus!” and “You bet your sweet life!” and “That was a sweet trick, dude.” and “Sweet as, bro.” and “Whisper sweet nothings” and “Home sweet home” and “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” and “Sweet smell/taste of success/victory” and “Sweetheart.
  • Sake → Keepsake: As in, “For heaven’s keepsake” and “For goodness keepsake.”
  • Keep → Keepsake: As in, “Keepsake a low profile” and “Keepsake an eye on” and “Keepsake an open mind.”
  • Sediment → Sentiment
  • Sauce/Saucy: Since a lot of Valentine’s Day is about expressing physical (as well as emotional) affection and attraction towards one another, we’ve got some saucy-related puns for you to use:
    • *sas* → *sauce*: As in, “Veggie sauce-shimi” and “Natural disauceter” and “A disaucetrous outcome.” Other words that could work: Arkansauce (Arkansas), Kansauce (Kansas) and disauceter (disaster).
    • *ses* → *sauce*: As in, “Sauce-ame seeds” and “A precise assauce-ment” and “Nervous obsauce-sion.”
    • *sis* → *sauce*: As in, “Critical analysauce” and “Scientific hypothesauce” and “Arch nemesauce” and “On the basauce of” and “Midlife crisauce” and “Book synpopsauce.”
    • *sus* → *sauce*: As in, “Hard to saucetain” and “Environmentally saucetainable” and “Barely sauce-ceptible” and “The main saucepect.” Other words that could work: sauce-picious (suspicious), sauce-pend (suspend), sauce-tainability (sustainability), sauce-pense (suspense), sauce-pension (suspension), sauce-tenance (sustenance), sauce-pension (suspension), sauce-tenance (sustenance), consensauce (consensus), versauce (versus), censauce (census), Jesauce (Jesus), colossauce (colossus), narcissauce (narcissus).
    • *soc* → *saucy*: As in, “Mainstream saucy-ety” and “Saucy-al attitudes” and “Studying saucy-ology.” Other words you could try: saucy-opath (sociopath), saucy-al (social), saucy-alist (socialist), assaucy-ate (associate), assaucy-ation (association).
    • Assasin → Assaucyn
    • Session → Saucyon
  • Steam/Steamy: As things can get a bit steamy on Valentine’s Day, we have some steam-related puns for you to play around with:
    • Team → Steam: As in, “Dream steam” and “Go steam!” and “Take one for the steam” and “Steam player” and “Steam spirit” and “Together we make a great steam.”
    • Seam → Steam: As in, “Bulging at the steams” and “Come apart at the steam.”
    • Stem → Steam: As in, “Steam the tide.”
    • Seem → Steam: As in, “Sorry steams to be the hardest word.”
    • *stam* → *steam*: As in, “Steamp of approval” and “Out of steamina” and “Raging steampede” and “Did I steammer?” and “A testeament to…”
    • *stem* → *steam*: As in, “Systeam thinking” and “Functional ecosysteam.” Other words that could work: episteamology (epistemology) and systeamic (systemic). Note: epistemology is the study of knowledge.
  • Sex/sexy: We know a lot of Valentine’s Day dates end with a bit of hanky panky, so we have some related puns for you:
    • Six → Sex: As in, “Sex degrees of separation” and “Sexth sense.”
    • Saxophone → Sexophone
    • *sac* → *sex*: As in, “Not worth the sexrifice” and “Down the cul-de-sex” and “Financial transexion” and “Safety and sexurity.” Other words you could use: sexion (section), consexutive (consecutive), sextor (sector), dissext (dissect) and intersexion (intersection).
    • *sics* → *sex*: As in, “The classex” and “Everyday physex” and “Back to basex” and “Working in forensex.”
    • *suc* → *sex*: Sexinct (succinct), sexess (success), sexeed (succeed), sexessful (successful) and sexession (succession).
  • Lust: For our cheekier users, we’ve got some lust-related puns to play with:
    • Last → Lust: As in, “At long lust” and “At the lust minute” and “Breathe your lust” and “Built to lust” and “Lust resort” and “Fame at lust” and “Famous lust words” and “Free at lust” and “To the lust drop” and “Hear the lust of” and “Lust but not least” and “Lust call” and “Lust chance” and “Lust ditch effort” and “Lust in, first out” and “The lust straw.”
    • List → Lust: As in, “On the short lust” and “Top ten lust” and “Bucket lust.”
    • Lost → Lust: As in, “All is not lust” and “Get lust” and “Long lust” and “Lust in translation” and “Lust and found” and “A lust cause” and “Lust in thought” and “A lust soul.”
    • Least → Lust: As in, “Last but not lust” and “Lust common denominator” and “Lust worst option” and “Line of lust resistance” and “Not in the lust” and “At the very lust” and “To say the lust.”
    • *lis* → *lust*: Chrysalust (chrysalis), metropolust (metropolis), borealust (borealis), acropolust (acropolis), holustic (holistic).
    • *lus* → *lust*: As in, “A surplust of” and “Mental calculust” and “Pen stylust.”
    • *last* → *lust*: As in, “Blust from the past” and “Plustic surgery” and “Elustic thinking” and “Everlusting love.”
    • *lest* → *lust*: As in, “The absolute coollust” and “Live life to the fullust” and “The simplust solution” and “Tallust tree” and “Celustial beings” and “Watching your cholusterol.”
    • *list* → *lust*: populust (populist), evangelust (evangelist), journalust (journalist), specialust (specialist), checklust (checklist), holustic (holistic) and ballustic (ballistic).
  • Passing → Passion: As in, “Just passion through” and “Passion in the night.”
  • Fashion → Passion: As in, “Passionably late” and “The height of passion” and “The old-passioned way” and “Passions may come and go, but good manners never go out of style.”
  • Essential → Essensual: As in, “Essensually, yes” and “The bare essensuals.”
  • Sense → Sensual: As in, “Come to your sensuals” and “Common sensual” and “Make sensual of.”
  • Cent → Sensual: As in, “Give your two sensuals” and “A hundred per sensual.”
  • Use → Seduce: As in, “Put to good seduce” and “So easy to seduce” and “Things aren’t what they seduced to be” and “Seducer friendly.”
  • Far → Affair: As in, “Few and affair between” and “So affair, so good” and “Affair cry.”
  • Fair → Affair: As in, “All’s affair in love and war” and “By affair means or foul” and “Affair trade” and “Affair and above board.”
  • Flair → Affair: As in, “Got an affair for”
  • Cup → Couple: As in, “Not my couple of tea” and “Storm in a tea-couple.”
  • Affliction → Affection
  • Part → Partner: As in, “Act the partner” and “For my partner” and “Good in partners” and “If you’re not a partner of the solution, you’re a partner of the problem.”
  • Ship → Partnership: As in, “Abandon partnership” and “Don’t give up the partnership” and “From chips to partnerships” and “Go down with the partnership” and “Jump partnership” and “Loose lips sink partnerships” and “My partnership has come in.”
  • *part* → *partner*: partner-isan (partisan), partner-ticular (particular), partnertake (partake), partner-icle (particle), partner-icipate (participate), apartner (apart), counterpartner (counterpart), impartner (impart), rampartner (rampart), departner (depart).
  • Stupid → Cupid: As in, “Criminal cupidity” and “I’m with cupid” and “Keep it simple, Cupid” and “Cupid is as Cupid does” and “Interesting, but Cupid.” Note: “stupid” is an ableist term. This replacement is a nice way to involve Valentine’s Day and make these previously stupid-related phrases a little more acceptable.
  • Simple → Symbol: As in, “It’s so symbol” and “Keep it symbol” and “Symbol pleasures” and “Pure and symbol” and “Symbol yet effective” and “Symbol as that.” Note: Valentine’s Day is one of heavy romantic and personal emotional symbolism, which is why symbol-related puns have been included.
  • Ring: Rings are a heavily symbolic item for romance, and people may trade them as a symbol of commitment to their relationship on Valentine’s Day. Here are some related puns:
    • Wing → Ring: As in, “Earned your rings” and “Ring it” and “Ringman” and “Draw-ring lots” and “Taken under [someone’s] ring.”
    • Wrong → Ring: As in, “Barking up the ring tree” and “Born on the ring side of the tracks” and “Get off on the ring foot” and “On the ring side of the bed.”
    • *rang* → *ring*: As in, “Boomering effect” and “Oringe flavoured” and “Estringed family members.”
    • *rink* → *ring-k*: As in, “Skating ring-k” and “Dring-k like a fish” and “On the bring-k of” and “Shringking violet” and “Binge dringking.” Other words you could use: spring-kle (sprinkle), springkling (sprinkling), wring-kle (wrinkle) and tring-ket (trinket).
  • Card → Greeting Card: As in, “A few greeting cards short of a full deck” and “Greeting card up your sleeve” and “Deck of greeting cards” and “Hold all the greeting cards.”
  • Ship → Friendship: As in, “Don’t give up the friendship” and “From chips to friendships” and “Loose lips sink friendships.” Note: While Valentine’s Day is historically about romantic love, platonic love is important to celebrate too!
  • Court: To court someone is to “woo” or interact with them with the intention of building a romantic relationship. Here are some related puns:
    • Cart → Court: As in, “A la courte” and “Courted away” and “Crash court” and “In the court.”
    • Quarter → Courter: As in, “A bad courter of an hour” and “Give no courter” and “Show no courter” and “Courter past” and “Close courters.”
    • Got → Court: As in, “You’ve court to do what you’ve court to do” and “I think you’ve court it” and “Cat court your tongue?” and “Give it all you’ve court” and “Court a flair for.”
    • Caught → Court: As in, “Court in the act” and “Court in two minds” and “Court off-base” and “Court short” and “Court up in the moment” and “Wouldn’t be court dead.”
    • *cart* → *court*: courtridge (cartridge), courtilege (cartilege) and courton (carton).
    • *cort* → *court*: courtex (cortex), courtisol (cortisol) and escourt (escort).
    • *curt* → *court*: As in, “Behind the courtain” and “Deep courtsey” and “Courtail the topic.” Note: to curtail something is to shorten it.
    • *cot* → *court*: As in, “100% courtton” and “Holiday courttage” and “Apricourt flavoured” and “Company mascourt” and “Boycourtting the brand.”
  • Trend → Tender: As in, “Buck the tender” and “On tender.”

The next section is dedicated to endearments – some romantic, all very affectionate:

  • *dling → *darling: As in, “Not han-darling it that well” and “You med-darling kids!” and “Light the kin-darling” and “Dwindarling in number” and “Fresh seedarling.”
  • Bae: The word “bae” is a fairly new term and is a shortened version of “babe” or “baby”. Here are related puns:
    • Bay → Bae: As in, “Bae for blood” and “Hold at bae” and “Keep at bae.”
    • Buy → Bae: As in, “Bae into” and “Bae now, pay later” and “Bae one, get one free” and “Bae some time” and “Can’t bae me love” and “The best money can bae.”
    • Bye → Bae: As in, “Kiss goodbae to” and “Can never say goodbae” and “Time to say goodbae” and “You can kiss that one goodbae.”
    • Day → Bae: As in, “A bae in the life” and “A hard bae’s night” and “All in a bae’s work” and “All the livelong bae” and “Tomorrow is another bae.”
    • Pay → Bae: As in, “Buy now, bae later” and “Crime doesn’t bae” and “Hell to bae” and “Bae as you go.”
    • Be → Bae: As in, “Bae who you want to bae” and “What would you like to bae?” and “That wouldn’t bae real.”
    • *ba → *bae: Amoebae (amoeba), marimbae (marimba), sambae (samba), mambae (mamba), urbaen (urban), exacerbaete (exacerbate), debaecle (debacle), verbaetim (verbatim) and baese (base).
    • *be* → *bae*: As in, “What have you baecome?” and “Where to baegin?” and “Mutual baenefit.”
    • *bi* → *bae*: As in, “False alibae” and “Wasabae flavoured.” Other words you could use: ubaequitous (ubiquitous), arbaetrary (arbitrary), forbaed (forbid), liabaelity (liability) and phobae-a (phobia).
    • *bu* → *bae*: As in, “Down to bae-siness” and “Get baesy” and “Favourite attribaete.”
    • *ba* → *bae*: As in, “Be left holding the baeby” and “Waiting in the lobbae” and “Rubae coloured.” Other words you could use: therbae (thereby), shabbae (shabby), wherebae (whereby), hobbae (hobby), abbaess (abyss), baegone (bygone), baepass (bypass) and baeproduct (byproduct).
  • Maybe → Baby: As in, “Baby she’s born with it” and “Call me baby.”
  • Aby* → Baby*: As in, “Babysmal (abysmal) performance” and “Down in the babyss.”
  • Abi* → Baby*: As in, “Within your babylity (ability) to” and “Doesn’t suit your babylities.”
  • Deer → Dear: As in, “A dear in headlights.”
  • Dare → Dear: As in, “Dear for more” and “Dear to be different” and “How dear you!”
  • Eerie → Dearie: “A dearie atmosphere.”
  • There → Dear: As in, “Ahoy dear!” and “Not all dear” and “Are we dear yet?” and “Be dear for” and “Be dear or be square” and “Don’t go dear.”
  • Their → Dear: And “..and dear toys” and “Cut down in dear prime” and “Swept off dear feet.”
  • Idea → Idear: As in, “A better idear” and “Bounce idears off” and “A bright idear” and “Put across an idear” and “The spark of an idear” and “What’s the big idear?”
  • Deal → Dearl: As in, “A big dearl” and “Cut a dearl” and “Dearl breaker” and “Dearl from the bottom of the deck” and “Dearl me in” and “Dearl or no dearl?” and “Dearl with it” and “A done dearl” and “If life dearls you lemonds, make lemonade” and “Seal the dearl.”
  • Tear → Dear: As in, “Bathed in dears” and “Blood, sweat and dears” and “Bored to dears” and “Brings dears to your eyes” and “Fighting back dears” and “It will all end in dears” and “Melt into dears” and “Moved to dears” and “No more dears.”
  • *tary → *deary: As in, “Proprideary cable” and “Complemendeary colours” and “New secredeary job” and “A sedendeary lifestyle.” Other words that could work: rudimendeary (rudimentary), documendeary (documentary), monedeary (monetary) and solideary (solitary).
  • *dar* → *dear*: As in, “New calendear year” and “On my radear” and “Cedear scented” and “Get that cheddear.”
  • *der* → *dear*: As in, “Law and ordear” and “In the lardear” and “Graphic rendearing” and “Love me tendear” and “Disordearly conduct.” Other words you could use: wondear (wonder), considear (consider), leadear (leader), hindear (hinder), spidear (spider), dearive (derive), dearivative (derivative), dearogatory (derogatory), dearision (derision), dearelict (derelict), dearide (deride), undearstand (understand) and considearation (consideration).
  • *dir* → *dear*: As in, “Honest and dearect” and “Clear and dearect orders” and “In the right dearection” and “Credit to the dearector” and “Down and dearty” and “New dearectives” and “Go dearectly to the source.”
  • *dur* → *dear*: “Emotional dearess (duress)” and “Dearing the war” and “For the full dearation.” Other words you could use: dearable (durable), dearability (durability), dearian (durian), endear (endure), endearance (endurance), endearing (enduring).
  • Epiphany → Epiphoney
  • Sunny → Honey: As in, “On the honey side of the street” and “Honey side up.”
  • Money → Honey: As in, “A fool and his honey are soon parted” and “A ton of honey” and “Easy honey” and “For love or honey” and “Get your honey’s worth” and “Not made of honey” and “In the honey.”
  • *hony → *honey: As in, “In symphoney” and “A cacophoney of noise.”
  • Pat → Pet: As in, “Got it down pet” and “A pet on the back.”
  • Pit → Pet: As in, “Bottomless pet” and “In the pet of your stomach” and “Mosh pet” and “Pet your wits against.”
  • Put → Pet: As in, “Hard pet to” and “Couldn’t pet it down” and “Don’t pet all your eggs in one basket” and “Feel a bit pet out” and “Wouldn’t pet it past him.”
  • Bet → Pet: As in, “All pets are off” and “Pet your bottom dollar.”
  • Get → Pet: As in, “As good as it pets” and “Buy one, pet one free” and “Come and pet it” and “Don’t pet me started it” and “Can’t pet enough of this.”
  • *pat* → *pet*: As in, “Follows a pettern” and “Petent pending” and “A pethetic effort” and “Wouldn’t have anticipeted it” and “Not a petch on.”
  • *pet*: We can simply emphasise the “pet” that already exists in these words: petty, petulant, petition, petite, carpet, parapet, trumpet, puppet, snippet, limpet, crumpet, impetus, perpetual, competent and competition.
  • *pit* → *pet*: cockpet (cockpit), pulpet (pulpit), armpet (armpit), capetal (capital), epetome (epitome) and serendipety (serendipity).
  • *pot* → *pet*: As in, “Fulfill your petential” and “Mashed petatoes” and “Gained through nepetism” and “I’m not omnipetent.”
  • *bat* → *pet*: compet (combat), acropet (acrobat), numpet (numbat), wompet (wombat), exacerpet (exacerbate) and verpetim (verbatim).
  • *bet* → *pet*: As in, “Petter yourself” and “You can do petter” and “Read petween the lines” and “Deep petrayal” and “To be petrothed” and “Alphapet soup” and “Sherpet flavoured.”
  • *bit* → *pet*: inhipet (inhibit), gampet (gambit), exhipet (exhibit), hapet (habit), orpet (orbit), prohipet (prohibit) and arpetrary (arbitrary).
  • *ped* → *pet*: petantic (pedantic), petigree (pedigree), petestrian (pedestrian), petestal (pedestal), expetition (expedition) and impetiment (impediment).
  • Podiatrist → Petiatrist (Note: this is very specific yes, but whatever works.)
  • Lamb: Lamb is an intimate term of endearment generally used for romantic partners, children or pets. Here are related puns:
    • Limb → Lamb: As in, “Go out on a lamb” and “Risk life and lamb” and “Lamber up.”
    • *lam* → *lamb*: As in, “Lambenting your troubles” and “Bedside lamb-p” and “Lambinated document.” Other words you could use: slamb (slam), clamb (clam), bedlamb (bedlam), salambander (salamander).
    • *lem* → *lamb*: As in, “Lamb-on (lemon) sorbet” and “Make lambonade” and “Add lambongrass” and “Problamb-solving attitude” and “Family emblamb.” Other words that could work: golamb (golem), complamb-ent (complement), implamb-ent (implement), dilamba (dilemma), elamb-ent (element), supplamb-ent (supplement), solamb (solemn) and implamb-entation (implementation).
    • *lim* → *lamb*: “There’s a lambit (limit) for everything” and “Stuck in lambo” and “Walking with a lamb-p (limp).” Other words that could work: lambited (limited), lamber (limber), slamb (slim), complamb-ent (compliment), complamb-entary (complimentary), prelamb-inary (preliminary) and elambinate (eliminate).
    • *lum* → *lamb*: lambinous (luminous), lambinary (luminary), curriculamb (curriculum), asylamb (asylum), pendulamb (pendulum), hoodlamb (hoodlum), colamb (column) and alamb-ni (alumni).
  • Treasure: This is another endearment that is usually reserved for closer, more familial ties like pets, lovers, children or close friends. Here are related puns for you to play with:
    • Measure → Treasure: As in, “Desperate treasures” and “Half treasures” and “Treasure up.”
    • Pleasure → Treasure: As in, “Business before treasure” and “Business or treasure?” and “Double your treasure” and “Guilty treasure.”
  • Beauty → Cutie: As in, “Age before cutie” and “Cutie and the beast.”
  • Duty → Cutie: As in, “Beyond the call of cutie” and “Double cutie” and “Cutie bound” and “Reporting for cutie!”
  • *cuti* → *cutie*: cutie-cle (cuticle), executie-ve (executive), consecutie-ve (consecutive) and consecutie-vely (consecutively).
  • *cute → *cutie: As in, “Acutie appendicitis” and “Executie the plan.” Other words: prosecutie (prosecute), persecutie and electrocutie.
  • Amor: This means “love”, and is sometimes combined with “mi” (mi amor) to mean “my love”. Here are related puns for you play with:
    • *amar* → *amor*: amoranth (amaranth), amoryllis (amaryllis), camoraderie (camaraderie), tamorind (tamarind), samoritan (samaritan), aquamorine (aquamarine) and rigamorole (rigamarole).
    • *amer* → *amor*: Amorican (American), gossamor (gossamer) and camora (camera).
  • Flame: Referring to someone as your flame is to call them your lover and has connotations specifically of physical love and affection. Here are related puns:
    • Fame → Flame: As in, “Claim to flame” and “Fifteen minutes of flame” and “Hall of flame.”
    • Aim → Flame: As in, “Flame high” and “Take flame” and “Flame to please.”
    • Blame → Flame: As in, “Flame game” and “Lay the flame on” and “Flame culture.”
    • Came → Flame: As in, “I flame, I saw, I conquered” and “As it flame to pass.”
    • Frame → Flame: As in, “Freeze flame” and “In the flame.”
    • *fam* → *fame*: As in, “Friends and fame-ily” and “A fame-iliar place” and “Almost flameous” and “40 hour flame-ine.” Other words that could work: flame-ilial (familial), flame-ished (famished), inflame-ous (infamous) and deflame-ation (defamation).
    • Flam* → Flame*: As in, “Flame-boyant event” and “Plastic flame-ingo” and “Dance the flame-enco.”
  • Palaver → Palover (Note: a palaver is an unecessary fuss)
  • Lever* → Lover*: Loverage (leverage) and lover (lever).
  • Deliver → Delover: As in, “Delover the goods” and “Express delovery” and “Undeloverable to your address” and “Seek deloverance.”
  • Wifi → Wife-i
  • Space → Spouse: As in, “Personal spouse” and “Office spouse” and “Deep spouse.”
  • *spos* → *spouse*: As in, “Dispouse of what you don’t need” and “A sunny dispouse-ition” and “Rubbish dispouse-al” and “Dispouse-able plastics” and “Predispoused with other matters.”
  • Spacious → Spouseious: “A spouseious house.”

Valentine’s Day-Related Words

To help you come up with your own Valentine’s Day puns, here’s a list of related words to get you on your way. If you come up with any new puns or related words, please feel free to share them in the comments!

general: valentine, valentine’s, love, loved, loved one, loving, lovely, romance, romantic, crush, fancy, infatuation, dating, together, woo, wooing, flirt, flirting, flirtatious, like, confess, confession, anniversary, feelings, heart, dinner, date, roses, flowers, bouquet,  gift, present, poem, poetry, love letter, chocolate, keepsake, sentimental, kiss, hug, cuddle, desire, saucy, sexy, sex, lust, passion, erotic, intimate, sensual, seductive, adore, admire, smitten, yearning, relationship, affair, couple, endearment, significant other, better half, affection, partner, partnership, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, cupid, symbol, ring, jewelry, commitment, monogamous, monogamy, polyamory, polyamorous, greeting card, lingerie, devotion, emotion, fond, friendship, cherish, devoted, celebration, court, courting, tender

endearments: darling, bae, baby, dear, sweetheart, sweetie, honey, sugar, pet, muffin, lamb, treasure, cutie, cutie pie, beautiful, amor, flame, lover

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Firework Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on firework puns! 🌟 🎆 ✨🔥

Fireworks are used in many different cultural celebrations throughout the year, helping us mark the time in notable and social ways. Whether you’re ringing in the New Year, celebrating Chinese New Year, or living it up during Diwali, we hope you find the perfect pun for your social media, party invites and pun threads.

We’ve made this list as comprehensive as possible, this list is specific just to fireworks. If you’re after events where fireworks are commonly used, we’ve got entries for party puns and New Year’s puns too.

Fireworks Puns List

Each item in this list describes a pun, or a set of puns which can be made by applying a rule. If you know of any puns about fireworks that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments at the end of this page! Without further ado, here’s our list of firework puns:

  • Fair → Flare: As in, “All’s flare in love and war” and “By flare means or foul” and “Flare trade” and “Flare and square” and “Flare enough” and “Flare market value” and “No flare!” and “You can’t say flarer than that.”
  • Fare → Flare: As in, “Class warflare” and “Psychological warflare” and “Standard flare” and “How are you flare-ing (faring)?”
  • Flair → Flare: As in, “A flare for the dramatic.”
  • Very → Flarey: As in, “Be flarey afraid” and “Before your flarey eyes” and “How flarey dare you” and “A flarey good year” and “Thank you flarey much” and “Flarey special” and “Flarey well” and “At the flarey least” and “Eflarey (every) inch.”
  • Pang → Bang: As in, “Bangs of conscience” and “Bangs of jealousy.”
  • Pyro: The prefix “pyro” is to do with fire, and is found in words like “pyrotechnics” (which means that something is related to fireworks), so we’ve included it in this list.
    • Paro* → Pyro*:  If a word has a “paro” sound or similar, we can replace it with “pyro”, as in: “On pyrole (parole)” and “Song pyrody (parody) and “Pyroxsms (paroxysms) of laughter.” Note: A paroxysm is a sudden and random outburst.
    • *pero* → *pyro*: As in, “My pyrogative” and “Hydrogen pyroxide” and “A prospyrous venture” and “Parent chapyrone” and “Vegan Peppyroni pizza.” Note: hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound commonly used as bleach.
    • Pirouette → Pyroette (A pirouette is a dance move where you turn a circle on the tips of your toes.)
    • *poro* → *pyro*: pyrous (porous), pyrosity (porosity),  osteopyrosis (osteoporosis), vapyrous (vaporous). Note: if something is porous, then it has lots of tiny holes that let fluids and gases through (like a sponge).
    • Sapporo → Sappyro (Sapporo is a city in Japan).
    • Payroll → Pyroll: As in, “The pyroll manager.”
    • *para* → *pyro*: As in, “A taste of pyrodise” and “Fool’s pyrodise” and “A pyrodigm shift” and “Running pyrollel” and “The pyrometers (parameters) of…” and “Honesty is pyromount to a relationship” and “Pyrogon of virtue” and “Rain on my pyrode (parade)” and “Herein lies the pyrodox” and “My love, my pyromour” and “In dispyrote locations.” Notes: a paramour is a secret or illicit lover. If things are disparate, then they are separate or apart. A paradox is a statement which contradicts itself.
    • *pera* → *pyro*: As in, “Tropical tempyrotures” and “Your co-opyrotion is appreciated” and “It’s impyrotive that…” and “Smooth opyrotor.”
    • *pira* → *pyro*: As in, “The pyrote’s (pirate’s) life for me” and “Circling like pyronhas” and “While convenient, pyrocy (piracy) is illegal” and “I aspyro (aspire) to…” and “Serve as inspyrotion (inspiration),” and “Conspyrocy theories” and “Inspyrotional pictures” and “The respyrotory system.”
    • *pare* → *pyro*: As in, “In pyronthesis” and “It’s become appyront (apparent) that…” and “Appyrontly so, but…” and “Transpyroncy in business is important.”
    • *pire → *pyro: As in, “You inspyro me” and “Running the empyro (empire)” and “As it transpyro-ed” and “Expyrory date” and “Conspyro-ring with” and “Acting umpyro” and “Vampyro movies.”
    • Singapore → Singapyro
    • *pari* → *pyro*: As in, “Gender dispyroty (disparity)” and “In compyrosin with…” and “Cast out as a pyro-ah (pariah).” Notes: disparity means inequality. A pariah is someone who has been outcast from society.
    • *peri* → *pyro*: As in, “Around the pyrometer (perimeter)” and “In my pyropheral (peripheral) vision” and “In the pyrophery of” and “Impyro-al or metric?”
    • *piri* → *pyro*: As in, “A spyrotual experience” and “An inspyro-ing speech.”
  • Fire → Fireworks: As in, “Get on like a house on fireworks” and “Come on baby, light my firework” and “Fight fire with fireworks” and “Light a firework under [someone]” and “Play with fireworks” and “Ring of fireworks” and “When you play with fireworks, you get burned.” Note: to light a fire under someone is to motivate them to move faster.
  • Sprinkler → Sparkler: As in, “A new sparkler system” and “Turn the sparklers on.” Note: a sparkler is a small hand-held firework.
  • Sparkling → Sparkler-ing: As in, “Sparkler-ing mineral water” and “Sparkler-ing repartee.” Note: if someone’s repartee is sparkling, then they’re a witty conversationalist.
  • Fire → Firecracker: As in, “Come on baby, light my firecracker” and “Come home to a real firecracker” and “Fight fire with firecracker” and “Firecracker and brimstone” and “Play with firecrackers and get burned.”
  • Gun → Gunpowder: As in, “Jump the gunpowder” and “Smoking gunpowder.” Notes: to jump the gun is to begin something too soon.
  • *star*: Pyrotechnic stars are pellets which contain powders and compounds that burn or spark a certain way and are a part of all aerial-type fireworks, so we’ve included star-related puns and phrases in this list. We’ll start off with words that you can emphasise the “star” in: “Can we start?” and “In stark relief” and “A new tech startup” and “Stop staring” and “I didn’t mean to startle you” and “This pasta is very starchy” and “A starter kit” and “You bastard!” and “Doesn’t cut the mustard.” Notes: if something doesn’t cut the mustard, then it isn’t good enough. If something is in stark relief, then it’s been made very obvious.
    • *ster* → *star*: As in, “A starn attitude” and “This area is starile” and “Turn up the stareo” and “Staroids are illegal in sports” and “Aim for the starnum” and “You monstar” and “Addiction is a cruel mastar” and “Fostar kids” and “Am I on the registar?” and “A bolstaring attitude” and “A sinistar presence” and “Mustar the courage” and “Work rostar” and “A cocky roostar” and “It’s unhealthy to judge people based on stareotypes.” Note: to bolster is to support or strengthen something.
    • Stir → Star: As in, “Cause a star” and “Shaken, not starred” and “Star the pot” and “Star up trouble” and “Star-crazy.”
    • Stir* → Star*: Starrup (stirrup) and starring (stirring).
    • *stor* → *star*: As in, “I need to go to the stare (store)” and “My favourite stary” and “A starm brewing” and “Put in starage” and “A two-starey house” and “A convoluted staryline” and “We don’t have to live like our ancestars” and “Impostar syndrome” and “Seed investars” and “Histarical fiction” and “You’re distarting the truth.”
    • Sturdy → Stardy: As in, “A stardy table.”
    • Star: These star-related phrases could serve as a pyrotechnic star or firework pun in the right context. As in, “A star is born” and “Born under a lucky star” and “Catch a falling star” and “Get a gold star” and “Guiding star” and “Written in the stars” and “Reach for the stars” and “A rising star” and “Star wars,” and “Star crossed lovers” and “Star quality” and “Starstruck” and “Stars in your eyes” and “When you wish upon a star” and “My lucky star” and “Seeing stars.”
  • Sky → Skyrocket: A skyrocket is a type of firework that’s launched into the sky. You can refer to them in your sparkling wordplay with these puns and phrases: “Lucy in the skyrocket with diamonds” and “Skyrocket high” and “The skyrocket’s the limit” and “Aim for the skyrocket.”
  • Rocket → Skyrocket: As in, “It’s not skyrocket science” and “Pocket skyrocket.”
  • Rock → Skyrocket: As in, “Hard as a skyrocket” and “Solid as a skyrocket” and “Between a skyrocket and a hard place” and “Get your skyrockets off.”
  • Shall → Shell: An aerial shell is a type of firework, so we’ve included them in this list, starting with some shell-related puns: “Ask and you shell receive” and “You shell not pass” and “When shell we meet again?” and “Speak of the devil and they shell appear” and “I shell return.”
    • Shell: These shell-related phrases can be used as firework puns in the right context: “Come out of your shell” and “Crawl back into your shell” and “Drop a bombshell” and “Hard shell” and “In a nutshell” and “Shell out.”
    • Shill → Shell: As in, “Lose a shelling, find sixpence.” Note: this means to gain something more valuable than you lost.
    • Ariel → Aerial
    • *shal* → *shell*: As in, “Shellow waters” and “Chopped shellots (shallots).”
    • *shel* → *shell*: Emphasise the “shel” in certain words by adding another “l”: “Put it on the shellf” and “Seeking shellter” and “Let’s shellve the topic for now” and “Allergic to shellfish” and “A shelltered upbringing.” Other words you could use: bushell (bushel), shellving, shellac.
    • Shoul* → Shell*: As in, “The cold shellder” and “Broad shellders” and “Chip on one’s shellder” and “A good head on one’s shellders” and “A shellder to cry on” and “You shelldn’t have” and “Zig when you shelld zag” and “You shelld try harder.”
    • *shield* → *shelld*: As in, “Shelld from the truth” and “Stop shellding them” and “Look out the windshelld.”
    • *sal* → *shell*: As in, “At your disposhell (disposal)” and “I have a proposhell for you” and “A univershell issue” and “Colosshell problems” and “Dress rehershell” and “Take with a grain of shellt (salt)” and “A shelliant (salient) point.” Other words you could use: shellamander (salamander), shellacious (salacious), shellmon (salmon), perushell (perusal), appraishell (appraisal) and reprishell (reprisal). Notes: if something is salient, then it’s relevant. To be salacious is to be lustful. A reprisal is a sort of retaliation.
    • *sel* → *shell*: As in, “A shellect few” and “Shelling like hot cakes” and “Apply yourshellf” and “Shelldom (seldom) done” and “Weashell (weasel) words” and “A shellfless act” and “Shellf-righteousness” and “Keep your own counshell.” Other words you could use: caroushell (carousel), chishell (chisel), morshell (morsel). Notes: weasel words are words that are used to make statements vague or misleading. To keep one’s counsel is to keep your own matters private.
    • *sil* → *shell*: As in, “Ask a shelly question and get a shelly answer” and “Scared shelly” and “Shellver screen” and “Tonshell hockey.” Other words you could use: reshellient (resilient), utenshell (utensil), fosshell (fossil) and shellouette (silhouette). Notes: a “silver screen” is a cinema screen. Tonsil hockey is a colloquial term for French kissing.
    • *sol* → *shell*: As in, “Pour gashelline on the fire” and “Shelld down the river” and “You’re either part of the shellution or part of the problem” and “A shellid house for shifting sands” and “Abshellute power corrupts abshellutely.” Notes: to sell someone down the river is to betray and cause extreme difficulty for them.
    • *sul* → *shell*: As in, “Unexpected reshellts (results)” and “A shelltry night.” Note: sultry means hot and humid.
    • *cel* → *shell*: As in, “A padded shell” and “Loud shellebrations” and “An expensive shellphone” and “In the shellar (cellar)” and “A-list shellebrity” and “Canshell my order” and “Part and parshell” and “A canshelled event”. Other words you could use: shellestial (celestial), shellsius (celsius), exshell (excel), exshellent and mishellaneous (miscellaneous). Note: if something is part and parcel, then it’s accepted as an integral and important part of a larger whole.
    • *cil* → *shell*: As in, “I’ll penshell it in” and “Fashellitate conversation” and “New fashellities.”
    • *tual* → *shell*: As in, “Virtshell reality” and “An intellectshell” and “Mutshell (mutual) agreement” and “A spiritshell experience” and “Be punctshell” and “Conceptshell drawings” and “It’ll happen eventshelly.” Other words you could use: ritshell (ritual), actshell (actual), virtshelly (virtually), perpetshell (perpetual) and actshelly (actually).
    • *cial* → *shell*: As in, “A crushell (crucial) point” and “Speshell treatment” and “Soshell butterfly” and “Mutually benefishell” and “Commershell use” and “Superfishell concerns” and “An offishell announcement” and “Finanshell troubles” and “Artifishell intelligence” and “Not espeshelly.” Note: if something is mutually beneficial, then it benefits all parties involved.
    • *tial* → *shell*: As in, “Hidden potenshell” and “Essenshell oils” and “Existenshell crisis” and “A substanshell portion” and “An inishell estimate” and “I’m parshell (partial) to…” and “Spashell (spatial) awareness” and “Impressive credenshells.” Note: a credential is evidence of certain privileges or status.
    • Controversial → Controvershell: As in, “A controvershell episode.”
  • Wheel → Catherine Wheel: A Catherine Wheel is a type of firework that rotates when it’s lit. We can make some silly puns about them by adding “Catherine” to wheel-related phrases: “Put the catherine wheels in motion” and “Hell on catherine wheels” and “Reinvent the catherine wheel.” Note: hell on wheels refers to a situation that is aggressively tough and wild.
  • Catherine, will → Catherine, wheel: As in, “Catherine, wheel you do it?”
  • *fuse*: Emphasise the “fuse” in certain words: refuse, diffuse, defuse, infuse, confuse, profuse, confused and profusely.
  • *fes* → *fuse*: As in, “A profuseional job” and “The writer’s manifuseto” and “Art fusetival” and “In the profusesion of…” and “A dreamlike manifusetation.” Notes: a manifesto is a public document of intentions or policies. A manifestation is the embodiment of something; a tangible thing.
  • *faz* → *fuse*: As in, “Doesn’t fuse (faze) me” and “Left unfused.”
  • *few* → *fuse*: As in, “Breaking curfuse (curfew)” and “Fuser (fewer) and fuser.”
  • *fac* → *fuse*: As in, “Fuse-ilitating conversation” and “New and updated fuse-ilities” and “A crumbling fuse-ade (facade).” Note: a facade is a “face”; or a front of something.
  • Confucius → Confusecius (Confucius was an old Chinese philosopher.)
  • Fuse: We’ve also added some fuse-related phrases that could act as explosively terrible firework puns in the right context: “Blow a fuse” and “Light their fuse” and “A short fuse.”
  • Bang: Some bang-related phrases that could substitute as puns in the right context: “A bigger bang for your buck” and “Bang goes nothing” and “Bang on about” and “Bang out of order” and “Get a bang out of [something]” and “Go out with a bang” and “A bang-up job” and “The whole shebang.” Notes: “Bang-up” means good. The “whole shebang” refers to something that included everything, almost to the top of going overboard.
  • *bing → *bang: These ones are a bit silly, but can still work as wordplay: “Mind-numbang (numbing)” and “Climbang the ladder of success” and “A throbbang headache” and “Absorbang information” and “A disturbang realisation” and “Check the plumbang.”
  • *bung* → *bang*: As in, “An abandoned bangalow (bungalow)” and “Bangled (bungled) the entire operation” and “You bangling idiot” and “Cowabanga!”
  • Bank* → Bang-k*: As in, “Safe as a bang-k” and “A bang-k you can bang-k on” and “Break the bang-k” and “Laughing all the way to the bang-k” and “Piggy bang-k” and “The bang-k of mum and dad” and “Declare bang-kruptcy.”
  • Banger: While “bang” can refer to the noise a firework makes, bangers specifically refers to a type of firework. We can joke about these with these phrases and puns: “Tofu bangers and mash” and “A real head banger.”
  • *far* → *flare*: flarewell (farewell), neflareious (nefarious), welflare (welfare), fanflare (fanfare) and airflare (airfare).
  • Ferocious → Flareocious
  • *fair* → *flare*: As in, “An afflare of the heart” and “Away with the flare-ies” and “Tooth flarey” and “Unflare-ly done” and “In all flareness” and “Flareytale wedding” and “Unflare situation.”
  • *var* → *flare*: As in, “Garden flare-iety” and “Your mileage may flarey” and “Flare-iety is the spice of life” and “Flare-ious opinions” and “Countless flare-iables.”
  • *pher* → *flare*: flare-omone (pheromone), photograflare (photographer), philosoflare (philosopher), periflare-al (peripheral), atmosflare (atmosphere), paraflare-nalia (paraphernalia) and periflarey (periphery).
  • *flir* → *flare*: As in, “A relentless flare-t (flirt)” and “A flare-tatious meeting.”
  • *flor* → *flare*: flare-ist (florist), flare-al (floral) and Flarence (Florence).
  • *flur* → *flare*: As in, “Flare-ies (flurries) of snow.”
  • Pin → Pinwheel: Pinwheels are types of firework that form a sort of spinning wheel. We can refer to them in our wordplay with these puns and phrases: “Bright as a new pinwheel” and “Neat as a new pinwheel” and “Hard to pinwheel down” and “Pinwheels and needles” and “Pull the pinwheel” and “Could have heard a pinwheel drop.”
    • Wheel → Pinwheel: As in, “Asleep at the pinwheel” and “Hell on pinwheels” and “Reinvent the pinwheel” and “A new set of pinwheels” and “Pinwheels of fate” and “Pinwheeling and dealing.” Note: hell on wheels refers to a situation which is aggressively tough and wild.
  • Rock → Rocket: As in, “Between a rocket and a hard place” and “Don’t rocket the boat” and “Rocket and roll” and “Rocket your world” and “Solid as a rocket” and “Get your rockets off” and “Have rockets in your head.”
  • Rickety → Rockety: As in, “Rockety old staircase” and “Frail, rockety legs.” Note: rickety means weak or of poor construction.
  • Racket → Rocket: As in, “Tennis rocket” and “Quit making such a loud rocket!”
  • Ache → Cake: Cakes are a type of firework which are made up of other smaller fireworks, so we’ve included them in our list: “Old cakes and pains” and “A splitting headcake” and “Old heartcake.”
    • *quake → *cake: As in, “Caking in your boots” and “It’s an earthcake!”
    • Cake: Some cake-related phrases that could serve as firework puns: “A slice of the cake” and “Piece of cake” and “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” and “The cherry on the cake” and “That takes the cake” and “Flat as a pancake” and “Baby cakes” and “Cake or death” and “A cake walk” and “Caked with mud” and “Icing on the cake” and “Let them eat cake.” Note: a cake walk is something considered to be very easy.
    • *cac* → *cake*: As in, “Spiky like a cake-tus (cactus)” and “A cake-ophony (cacophony) of noise” and “Cake-ao (cacao) powder” and “Cake-ling (cackling) to herself.” Other words you could use: efficake-cious (efficacious) and perspicake-cious (perspicacious). Notes: a cacophony is a random mess of sounds. To be efficacious is to be very effective. To be perspicacious is to be very perceptive, with keen insight.
    • Cicada → Cicakeda (a cicada is a type of insect.)
    • *coc* → *cake*: As in, “A precake-cious child” and “Cake-onut flavoured.” Note: to be precocious is to show ability or development beyond your years.
    • Macaque → Macake (a macaque is a type of monkey.)
  • Crossette: A crossette is a type of firework that contains multiple smaller stars that create a criss-cross effect when fired. Make some punny references to them with these puns and phrases:
    • Cross → Crossette: As in, “As crossette as two sticks” and “Crossette to the other side” and “Crossette my heart and hope to die” and “Crossette purposes” and “Crossette swords with” and “Crossette your fingers” and “Dot the i’s and crossette the t’s” and “Noughts and crossettes” and “Why did the chicken crossette the road?” Note: to have cross purposes is to have conflicting intentions.
    • Across → Acrossette: As in, “Acrossette the board” and “Come acrossette” and “Walking acrossette.”
    • Cassette → Crossette: As in, “Crossette tape” and “Crossette player.” Note: a cassette is a type of audio recording format.
  • Dalliance → Dahliance: Dahlias are a type of firework with larger explosive stars than can travel longer than usual, so they’re included in this list: “An unhappy dahliance” and “Their dahliance didn’t last long.” Note: a dalliance is a sexual relationship, usually of the illicit kind.
  • Pony → Peony: Peonies are another type of firework which we’ve included in this list: “One-trick peony” and “Show peony” and “Peony up.” Notes: a one-trick pony is someone who is specialised in only one skill or area. To pony up is to pay money; especially to settle a debt.
    • Phony → Peony: As in, “Peony merchandise” and “A peony character.” Other phony-inclusive words that could work: cacopeony (cacophony) and sympeony (symphony).
    • Penny → Peony: As in, “A peony saved is a peony earned” and “Cost a pretty peony” and “Earn an honest peony” and “Peony for your thoughts” and “Peony pinching.” Note: if someone is penny-pinching, then they’re frugal.
    • *pony* → *peony*: As in, peonytail (ponytail) and epeonymous (eponymous).
    • *pany → *peony: As in, “Good compeony” and “Misery loves compeony” and “Part compeony with” and “Present compeony excepted” and “Two’s compeony, three’s a crowd” and “Keep someone compeony” and “Accompeony [someone] to the shops.”
    • Peni* → Peony*: As in, peony-tentiary (penitentiary), peony-cillin (penicillin) and peony-tence (penitence). Notes: penitentiary is another word for prison. To show penitence is to show regret and to repent for past wrongdoing.
    • *pene* → *peony*: As in, peony-trate (penetrate), peony-tration (penetration) and impeony-trable (impenetrable).
    • *puni* → *peony*: impeony-ty (impunity) and peony-tive (punitive). Note: impunity means “without punishment” and if something is punitive, then it’s punishable.
  • Dye them → Diadem: This is an extremely terrible and specific pun that plays on diadems, which are a type of firework: “If your jeans are faded, you can diadem a different colour.”
  • Fish: Fish are another type of firework that we’ve included in this list:
    • *fash* → *fish*: As in, “Fishionably late” and “A passion for fishion” and “An unfishionable jacket.”
    • *fasc → *fish*: fishism (fascism), fishist (fascist), fishinating (fascinating), fishinate (fascinate), fishinated (fascinated) and fishination (fascination).
    • *fac* → *fish*: As in, “Fishilitate (facilitate) conversation” and “A crumbling fishade (facade)” and “The fishility (facility) to…” and “Stop acting fishetious (facetious).” Note: a facade is a “face” or the front of something. To be facetious is to be flippant; to respond to serious things with purposely inappropriate humour.
    • *fes* → *fish*: As in, “Fishtival atmosphere” and “A fishtering (festering) wound” and “Fishtooned (festooned) with ribbons” and “Bustling fishtivity” and “A real profishional” and “Online manifishto” and “The manifishtation of” and “A profishor of” and “In the profishion of…” Other words that could work: profish (profess), confish (confess), confishion (confession). Notes: a manifestation is something made tangible or apparent to the senses. A manifesto is a public document of values. To festoon something is to decorate it; particularly with hanging things. The festival/fish puns mentioned here could work quite well since fireworks tend to happen at festivals and celebrations.
    • *fisc* → *fish*: As in, “In the last fishcal year” and “Confishcated goods” and “My gameboy was confishcated.” Note: if something is fiscal, then it’s related to finance.
    • *fic* → *fish*: As in, “Step into my offish” and “That will suffish” and “Increasing effishency” and “He went that way, offisher” and “Sacrifishial goods” and “It’s Facebook offishial.”
    • *fiss* → *fish*: fishure (fissure), fishion (fission), fishy. Note: a fissure is a crack or split. Fission is the act of splitting or dividing.
    • *phis* → *fish*: As in, fishing (phishing), Memfish (Memphis), sofishticated (sophisticated) and sofishtication (sophistication).
    • *vas* → *fish*: As in, “Defishtating (devastating) news” and “Completely defishtated.”
    • *ves* → *fish*: As in, “Undergoing infishtigation (investigation)” and “A complete trafishty (travesty).”
    • *vis* → *fish*: As in, “A lafish (lavish) dinner” and “Fisheral (visceral) reaction” and “Our fishion (vision) for the future.” Other words that could work: fishual (visual), pelfish (pelvis), fishcous (viscous).
    • *fish*: Emphasise the “fish” in these words: selfish, jellyfish, standoffish.
  • Horsetail: Horsetails are another type of firework (also known as waterfall shells) that we’ve included in this list:
    • Tail → Horsetail: As in, “Can’t make head or horsetail of it” and “Heads I win, horsetails you lose” and “Heads or horsetails.”
    • Horse → Horsetail: As in, “Hold your horsetails!”
  • Waterfall: Waterfalls/waterfall shells are another name for horsetail fireworks, and are included in this list too:
    • Water → Waterfall: As in, “Blow out of the waterfall” and “Bridge over troubled waterfall” and “Clear blue waterfall” and “Come hell or high waterfall” and “Fish out of waterfall (this one could work quite well since fish are a type of firework as well)” and “Get into hot waterfall” and “In deep waterfall” and “Just add waterfall!”
    • Fall → Waterfall: As in, “Waterfall between the cracks” and “Waterfall by the wayside.”
  • Kamuro: A kamuro is a type of firework that displays a dense burst of silver or gold stars. We’ve included kamuro puns here:
    • Camera → Kamuro: As in, “Kamuro shy” and “Lights, kamuro, action” and “The kamuro doesn’t lie” and “The kamuro loves you” and “Smile, you’re on candid kamuro.”
  • Mine: A mine is a type of ground firework, and we’ve added some puns for it here:
    • Main → Mine: As in, “The mine event” and “Your mine chance” and “My mine man.”
    • *min* → *mine*: As in, “A positive mine-dset” and “A healthy mine-d” and “No drinking for mine-ors” and “Immine-nent doom” and “Undermine-ing my work” and “Carefully examine” and “A helpful remine-der.”Other words you could use: calamine and mine-utiae (minutiae). Note: minutiae are minor details.
    • *main* → *mine*: As in, “Minetain appearances” and “Routine minetenance” and “Minestream fashion” and “All that remines (remains).” Other words that could work: minestay (mainstay), mineland (mainland), mineframe (mainframe) and remineder (remainder).
    • *man* → *mine*: As in, “Humine treatment” and “A germine (germane) issue” and “Perminenent changes” and “Perminenently, from now on.” Note: if something is germane, then it’s relevant.
    • *men* → *mine*: As in, “New workout regimine” and “Exercises for the abdomine” and “A fine specimine” and “Seeking employmine-t” and “No commine-t” and “Complemine-tary colours” and “A lifelong commitmine-t” and “A healthy environmine-t.” Other words that could work: implemine-t (implement), phenomine-on (phenomenon), complimine-t (compliment) and amineable (amenable). Note: if something is amenable, then it’s easy to change.
  • Cherry (Bomb): Cherry bombs are a type of round, small firework. We’ve included related puns and phrases here:
    • Bomb → Cherry bomb: As in, “Drop a cherry bombshell (this works quite well as fireworks are also referred to as bombs and/or shells)” and “Looks like it was hit by a cherry bomb.”
    • Cherry → Cherry bomb: As in, “The cherry bomb on the cake” and “Another bite of the cherry bomb” and “Life is just a bowl of cherry bombs” and “Red as a cherry bomb.”
  • Bucket → Bouquet: Bouquet shells are a type of multi-explosion firework. We can refer to them with these silly puns: “Bouquet and spade holiday (could work nicely as fireworks tend to be part of holiday celebrations)” and “Couldn’t carry a tune in a bouquet” and “Bouquet list” and “Bouquet-ing down (this works as firework stars tend to look like they’re “raining down”).”
  • Palm: Palms are fireworks which explode in large tendrils, showing a palm-tree like effect. We’ve included palm-related puns and phrases here for you:
    • Pamela → Palmela
    • *pom* → *palm*: As in, “Hair palmade (pomade)” and “A palmpous (pompous) man” and “Palmegranate flavoured.” Other words you could use: palmpadour (pompadour), palmelo (pomelo) and anthropalmorphic (anthropomorphic).  Notes: a pompadour is a 1950s hairstyle.
    • *pum* → *palm*: As in, “Palmpkin spice latte” and “Feeling palmped” and “A slice of palmpernickel.” Note: pumpernickel is a type of bread.
    • *pam* → *palm*: As in, dopalmine (dopamine) and palmphlet (pamphlet).
    • Alabama → Alapalma
    • Abomination → Apalmination: As in, “An earthly apalmination” and “The apalminable snowman.”
    • *balm* → *palm*: As in, “Palmy tropical weather” and “Treated by an empalmber.” Note: an embalmer is someone who treats corpses with preservatives.
    • Parm* → Palm*: As in, “Topped with coconut palmesan” and “Soy palmigiana (parmigiana).”
    • *perm* → *palm*: As in, “If the weather palmits” and “Palmanent changes” and “Palmeating through the office” and Palmission slip.” Other suitable words: palmeable (permeable), palmissive (permissive) and palmutation (permutation). Note: a permutation is one version of something. If something is permeating, then it’s making its way through.
    • Palm: We’ll finish this section off with some palm-related phrases: “Face palm moment” and “Grease your palm” and “In the palm of your hand” and “Itchy palms” and “Palm off.” Notes: if you palm something off, then you’ve gotten rid of it. To grease someone’s palm is to bribe them.
  • Ring: Rings are fireworks that have stars arranged in a ring shape, with special variations to make hearts, smiley faces and clovers. We’ve got some ring puns for you here:
    • *rang* → *ring*: As in, “Boomering effect” and “Oringe flavoured” and “Estringed family members.”
    • *rink* → *ring-k*: As in, “Skating ring-k” and “Dring-k like a fish” and “On the bring-k of” and “Shringking violet” and “Binge dringking.” Other words you could use: spring-kle (sprinkle), springkling (sprinkling), wring-kle (wrinkle) and tring-ket (trinket).
    • *rank* → *ring-k*: As in, “Ring-k and file” and “Break ring-k” and “Rise through the ring-ks” and “Fring-kincense (frankincense).”
    • Wing → Ring: As in, “Earned your rings” and “Ring it” and “Ringman” and “Draw-ring lots” and “Taken under [someone’s] ring.”
    • *ring*: We’ll finish this section off with some words that contain the word “ring”: “A dead ringer” and “Through the wringer” and “Wringing your hands” and “Hair in ringlets” and “Ringing the bell” and “The group’s ringleader” and “Bring your own” and “Spring cleaning” and “Bearing bad news” and “String along.” Other words you could use: engineering, caring, boring, cringe and fringe.
  • Candle → Roman Candle: Roman candles are a type of traditional firework that we’ve included in this list: “Burn the roman candle at both ends” and “Can’t hold a roman candle to” and “Roman candle in the wind” and “I’d rather light a roman candle than curse the dark” and “Not worth the roman candle.”
  • *solute* → *salute*: Salutes are a type of firework designed to make a loud bang, rather than focusing on visuals. Here are some firework puns specific to them: “You’re either part of the salute-ion, or part of the problem” and “Absalute power corrupts absalutely” and “New Year’s resalute-ions” and “The dissalutetion of the group” and Be resalute in your goals.”
  • Spied Her → Spider: As in, “I spider sneaking away.” Note: Spiders are fireworks that have stars that travel in very straight and flat trajectories.
  • Time → Time Rain: As in, “A good time rain was had by all” and “All in good time rain” and “All the time rain in the world” and “As time rain goes by” and “At this moment in time rain” and “At time rains like this” and “A bad time rain” and “Better luck next time rain” and “Buy some time rain” and “Fall on hard time rains” and “From the beginning of time rain” and “The gift of time rain.” Note: time rain is the effect creating by slow-burning stars that make a sizzling noise.
    • Rain → Time Rain: As in, “Right as time rain” and “Come time rain or shine” and “Don’t time rain on my parade” and “Fire and time rain” and “A hard time rain’s gonna fall” and “Into every life a little time rain must fall” and “It never time rains but it pours” and “Make it time rain” and “Purple time rain” and “Set fire to the time rain” and “Singing in the time rain” and “Spitting with time rain.”
  • Will → Willow: Willow fireworks have a soft, dome-shaped effect – similar to a weeping willow. As in, “Accidents willow happen” and “Against your willow” and “Bend to my willow” and “Flattery willow get you nowhere” and “Free willow” and “I willow always love you” and “If anything can go wrong, it willow” and “Ill willow” and “It willow blow over” and “Last willow and testament.”
    • *wallow → *willow: As in, “A bitter pill to swillow” and “Swillow your pride” and “Willowing in misery.”
  • Ball → Smoke ball: Smoke balls are a type of small firework that emits smoke rather than sparks, and are largely for consumer (rather than commercial) use: “A brand new smoke ballgame” and “By the smoke balls” and “Cold enough to freeze your smoke balls” and “Dropped the smoke ball” and “Get the smoke ball rolling” and “Have a smoke ball” and “On the smoke ball” and “Run with the smoke ball” and “The smoke ball is in your court” and “Up to your smoke balls in..”
  • Tender → Tinder: As in, “Tinder loving care” and “Tinder is the night.”
  • Tinned → Tinder: As in, “Tinder vegetables.”
  • Park → Spark: As in, “Spark my car” and “At central spark” and “Hit it out of the spark” and “Nosy sparker” and “A walk in the spark.”
  • Bark → Spark: As in, “Spark at the moon” and “Sparking mad” and “Sparking up the wrong tree” and “Spark worse than your bite.” Other words that include “bark” – emspark (embark) and disemspark (disembark).
  • Pakistan → Sparkistan
  • Pakora → Sparkora (pakora is a dish where vegetables are deep fried in batter.)
  • *spok* → *spark*: As in, “Very outsparken” and “A bespark (bespoke) suit” and “I spark too soon” and “The sparksperson for…” and “Have you sparken to them?”
  • *park* → *spark*: As in, “Sparking my car” and “Within the ballspark” and “An expensive carspark” and “You double-sparked (double-parked) me!” Other words you could use: theme spark (theme park), sparka (parka) and sparkour (parkour).
  • *pec* → *spark*: As in, “From a different persparktive” and “Resparkt my wishes” and “A prosparktive (prospective) employee” and “The colour sparktrum” and “Just sparkulation (speculation)” and “Sparktacles (spectacles) wearer.”
  • *pic* → *spark*: Consparkuous (conspicuous) and desparkable (despicable).
  • *perc* → *spark*: As in, “The coffee’s sparkolating (percolating)” and “The sparkussion (percussion) section.”
  • Baklava → Sparklava (baklava is a type of Middle-Eastern sweet pastry.)
  • Spark: Some spark-related words and phrases that could be used as firework puns in the right context: “Bright spark” and “Creative spark” and “Put a sparkle in your eye” and “A spark of genius” and “Watch the sparks fly.”
  • Assemblies → Assemblaze
  • Blaze: Some blaze-related phrases that could work as wordplay: “Cold as blue blazes” and “Blaze a trail” and “Go out in a blaze of glory” and “Go to blazes” and “Why the blazes..?”
  • *blas* → *blaze*: As in, “Had a blaze-t” and “Such blazephemy!” and “You’ll get blaze-ted by the teacher.”
  • *blis* → *blaze*: As in, “At blazetering (blistering) speed” and “Blazefully (blissfully) unaware” and “Rock the establazement!” and “Establazed in 1990.”
  • Blizzard → Blaze-ard
  • *blaz* → *blaze*: As in, “An innovative trailblazer” and “Lend me your blazer” and “Emblaze-oned across her chest.”
  • Fool → Fuel: As in, “April Fuel!” and “Fuel around” and “A fuel and his money are soon parted” and “A fuel’s errand” and “Fuel’s gold” and “Fuel’s paradise” and “I pity the fuel” and “Make a fuel of yourself” and “Nobody’s fuel” and “Play the fuel” and “Shut up, fuel” and “Tom fuelery.”
  • Few → Fuel: As in, “A fuel bricks short of a full load” and “Fuel and far between” and “For a fuel dollars more” and “Had a fuel” and “Knock back a fuel” and “A person of fuel words” and “Say a fuel words” and “Take a fuel deep breaths” and “To name but a fuel.”
  • Full → Fuel: As in, “At fuel pelt” and “Fuel house” and “Come fuel circle” and “Fuel of holes” and “At fuel blast” and “Fuel of beans” and “Fuel of themselves” and “Fuel steam ahead!” and “In fuel swing” and “In the fuellness of time” and “You know fuel well” and “Fuel of misery” and “On a fuel stomach” and “Pick your battles carefuelly” and “Glass half fuel.”
  • *fel* → *fuel*: As in, “A fine fuellow” and “One fuel swoop” and “Felafuel kebab” and “Duffuel bag.” Other words you could use: fuelony (felony) and fuellowship (fellowship – like “Fuellowship of the Rings”)
  • *ful* → *fuel*: As in, “Fuelfil your side of the bargain” and “A beautifuel moment” and “Feeling gratefuel” and “An awfuel situation.” Other words that you could use: fuelfillment, wonderfuel, wistfuel, thoughtfuel, sucessfuel, dreadfuel, faithfuel and insightfuel.
  • *fle → *fuel: These ones are a bit of a stretch, but can still work in the right situation and with enough conviction: baffuel (baffle), waffuel (waffle), stifuel (stifle), trifuel, shuffuel, kerfuffuel, rifuel (rifle), ruffuel, scuffuel and raffuel.
  • Fuel: Some fuel-related phrases to add sparks to your wordplay: “Add fuel to the flames” and “Fuel for thought.”
  • Flesh → Flash: As in, “My flash and blood” and “Flash out” and “Makes my flash crawl” and “In the flash” and “The spirit is willing but the flash is weak.”
  • *flus* → *flash*: As in, “Flashed cheeks” and “You’re flashtering (flustering) me.”
  • *fas* → *flash*: As in, “A passion for flashion” and “A flashinating article” and “You flashinate me” and “Flashionably late” and “A flashtidious (fastidious) character.”
  • Infrastructure → Inflashtructure
  • *fresh* → *flash*: As in, “I’m flash out of” and “A flash pair of eyes” and “Flash start” and “Like a breath of flash air” and “Flash as a daisy” and “What flash hell is this?” and “Break for reflashments” and “Reflash (refresh) the page.” Other words you could use: flashwater (freshwater), reflasher (refresher) and flashman (freshman).
  • Frustration → Flashtration: As in, “Take your flashtrations out on..” Other related words: flashtrating (frustrating), flashtrated (frustrated) and flashtrate (frustrate).
  • Flash → Flash Powder: Flash powder is used in fireworks to create loud noises and flashes. Here are some related words and phrases: “Quick as flash powder.” and ”
    • Powder → Flash Powder: As in, “Flash powder your nose.”
  • Star → Mag star: Mag stars are the brightest stars used in fireworks. We can use phrases like these to include them in our jokes: “A mag star is born” and “Born under a lucky mag star” and “Catch a falling mag star” and “Get a gold mag star” and “My guiding mag star” and “It’s written in the mag stars” and “Reach for the mag stars” and “Rising mag star” and “Mag star quality” and “Mag star struck” and “Mag stars in your eyes” and “Thank your luck mag stars” and “My lucky mag star.”
  • Let → Light: As in, “Light me help you” and “Don’t light the bastards grind you down” and “Just light it be” and “It won’t light you down” and “Light it go” and “Light it all hang out” and “Light it slip through your fingers” and “Light loose” and “Light me be brief” and “Light me count the ways” and “Light me make one thing perfectly clear” and “Light nature take its course” and “Light off some steam” and “Light your hair down.”
  • Lied → Light: As in, “I never light to you” and “You light about the small things.”
  • *lat* → *light*: As in, “A well articulighted speech” and “A palightable (palatable) meal” and “Blightant (blatant) misogyny” and “Chocolight (chocolate) flavoured.” Other words you could use: lightent (latent), lighteral (lateral), lightitude (latitude), inflightable (inflatable), correlightion (correlation), revelightion (revelation), relightive (relative), translightor (translator), escalightor (escalator).
  • *lit* → *light*: As in, “A polight (polite) stare” and “Polightely passing by” and “Satellight images.”
  • *lyt* → *light*: As in, “Analightical (analytical) thinking” and “Filled with electrolights (electrolytes).”
  • Light: Some light-related phrases that could substitute as puns: “Light as a feather” and “Blinded by the light” and “Brought to light” and “City lights (“city lights” could refer to fireworks)” and “The cold light of day (as opposed to the exciting light of fireworks at nighttime)” and “Go out like a light” and “In the clear light of day.”
  • *light*: We’ll finish this light-related section off with words already contain the word “light”: lighting, lightning, lightbulb (“a lightbulb moment”), lightweight (“a lightweight drinker”), lighthearted, lighthouse, flight, blight, plight, alight, delight, highlight, slight, twilight, spotlight.
  • Born → Burn: As in, “A star is burn” and “Burn to fly” and “Burn free” and “Burn this way” and “Burn again.”
  • *barn* → *burn*: As in, burnacle (barnacle) and burnyard (barnyard).
  • *born* → *burn*: As in, “Stubburn as a mule” and “My firstburn child.” Other words that could work: reburn (reborn), newburn (newborn)
  • Borneo → Burneo
  • *bun* → *burn*: As in, “Burn in the oven” and “Easter Burnny.” Other words you could use: burndle (bundle), burnch (bunch), burnk (bunk), burnting (bunting), burngalow (bungalow), aburndant (abundant), aburndance (abundant) and ramburnctious (rambunctious). Note: to be rambunctious is to be noisy and energetic.
  • *pern* → *burn*: burnicious (pernicious), suburnatural (supernatural), suburnova (supernova), pumpburnickel (pumpernickel). Note: pumpernickel is a type of bread.
  • *burn*: Emphasise the “burn” in certain words: burner, burnish, burning, burnout, sunburn, auburn, heartburn, Hepburn and sideburn.
  • So → Show: We’ve included show-related puns as “show” refers to “light show”, which is what fireworks are: “Show on and show forth” and “Can’t believe you’d go show far” and “If I do say show myself” and “Not show fast” and “Show far, show good” and “Show be it” and “Show long as” and “Show much for” and “Show there” and “Show and show (so and so).”
    • Sew → Show: As in, “Show me back together” and “Showing kit.”
    • Sow → Show: As in, “You reap what you show” and “Show the seeds of doubt.”
    • Slow → Show: As in, “Painfully show” and “Show on the uptake” and “Showly but surely” and “Show but sure” and “Can’t show down” and “In show motion” and “A show day.”
    • *chau* → *show*: As in, “Showffeuring (chauffering) around” and “Showvinistic (chauvinistic) behaviour.”
    • *tial → *showl: As in, “A potenshowl (potential) candidate” and “A substanshowl amount” and “Existenshowl crisis” and “Increased substanshowlly“.
    • *tion* → *shown*: As in, “A walking dicshownary (dictionary)” and “Informashown technology” and “The implicashowns of which…” Other words that you could use: innovashown (innovation), transishown (transition), funcshown (function) and funcshowning (functioning).
    • Show: We’ll finish this show-related section off with show-related phrases to use in your firework puns: “All over the show” and “Get the show on the road” and “Give the show away.” Some words that include the word “show”: shower, showcase, showdown, showboat and showroom.
  • Play → Display: Since fireworks are also referred to as “light displays”, we’ve included some display-related puns: “Work, rest and display” and “All work and no display” and “Child’s display” and “Come out and display” and “Fair display” and “The games people display” and “Instant display” and “It’s good to display together” and “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you display the game” and “A level displaying field.”
    • This play* → Display*: As in, “Display-er is cheating.”
  • Rapport → Report: Report is another word for the loud banging noises that accompany fireworks, so we’ve included it in this list: “A strong report” and “Establishing a good report with the students.”
  • Hum → Hummer: As in, “Hummer it and I’ll play it” and “Hummering and hawing.” Note: a hummer is a tiny firework that is known for whizzing and humming.
  • Hammer → Hummer: As in, “Hummer it home” and “Put the hummer down” and “Took a real hummering” and “Like using a sledgehummer to crack a nut” and “When all you have is a hummer, everything looks like a nail” and “Come under the hummer” and “Hummerhead shark” and “Get hummered.”
  • Bang → Whiz-bang: Whiz-bangs are another type of firework we’ve included in this list: “A bigger whiz-bang for your buck” and “Whiz-bang on about” and “You’re whiz-bang out of order” and “Like whiz-banging your head against a brick wall” and “All whiz-banged up” and “Go out with a whiz-bang” and “Slap whiz-bang in the middle.”
  • Wiz* → Whiz*: Whizzes can refer to whiz-bangs and also to the whizzing noise that fireworks make: “We’re off to see the whizard” and “The whizard of oz” and “School of witchcraft and whizardry.”
    • Was → Whiz: As in, “As I whiz saying” and “Before it whiz cool” and “I whizn’t going to say anything, but…” and “What whiz that?”
    • Wasabi → Whizabi
    • *wis* → *whiz*: As in, “Pearls of whizdom” and “A twhizt (twist) of fate” and “Whizhful thinking” and “A whiztful (wistful) expression.” Other words you could use: whizp (wisp), whizpy (wispy), whizteria (wisteria).
    • Wisconsin → Whizconsin
    • Whis* → Whiz*: As in, “Bells and whiztles” and “Blow the whiztle” and “Whizk away” and “Whiztle-blower” and “Clean as a whiztle” and “The cat’s whizkers” and “Nighttime whizpers” and “Drown in whizkey.”
    • *quis* → *qwhiz*: As in, “Exqwhizite (exquisite) taste” and “A recent acqwhizition (acquisition)” and “Course prereqwhizites (prerequisites)” and “An inqwhizitive mind.”
    • Question → Qwhiztion: As in, “A loaded qwhiztion” and “Ask a silly qwhiztion, get a silly answer” and “Ask no qwhiztions and hear no lies” and “Call into qwhiztion” and “Frequently asked qwhiztions” and “Out of the qwhiztion” and “Qwhiztion everything.”
    • Quiz → Qwhiz: As in, “A qwhizzical expression.”
  • Whistle: A few whistle-related phrases so you can reference the whistling noises fireworks make in your wordplay: “Bells and whistles” and “Clean as a whistle” and “Wet your whistle.”
  • Last → Blast: As in, “At long blast” and “At the blast minute” and “Breathe your blast” and “Built to blast” and “Blast resort” and “Famous blast words” and “Free at blast” and “To the blast drop” and “Any blast requests?” and “You haven’t heard the blast of” and “Blast but not least” and “Blast call” and “Blast chance” and “Blast ditch effort” and “Blast gasp” and “Blast in, first out” and “Blast laugh” and “Blast minute” and “A blasting impression” and “On your blast legs” and “Peace at blast” and “Blast I heard” and “The blast straw.”
  • Past → Blast: As in, “Wouldn’t put it blast them” and “Blast its sell-by date” and “The distance blast.”
  • *bas* → *blast*: As in, blastard (bastard), bomblastic (bombastic) and alablaster (alabaster).
  • *bust* → *blast*: As in, “Blast a move” and “Spontaneous comblastion.” Other words you could use: blockblaster (blockbuster), dustblaster (dustbuster), filiblaster (filibuster) and roblast (robust). Notes: Filibuster refers to tactics used to delay proceedings of legislative bodies.
  • *blist* → *blast*: “At blastering speed” and “Blastering barnacles.”
  • *past* → *blast*: As in, “Greener blastures (pastures)” and “Favourite blasttime.” Other words you could use: blastel (pastel), blastor (pastor), blastry (pastry), blastoral (pastoral), blastiche (pastiche). Note: a pastiche is a piece of art that imitates the work of a previous artist. If something is pastoral, then it relates to rural life and scenes.
  • *plast* → *blast*: As in, blaster (plaster), blastic (plastic), blasticity (plasticity) and blastered (plastered).
  • *plist* → *blast*: As in, “Overly simblastic (simplistic).” Other related words: simblastically (simplistically) and oversimblastic (oversimplistic).
  • Blasphemy → Blastphemy
  • Clitoris → Glitteris (we’re using the word “glitter” to refer to the glittering nature of fireworks as they fade away.)
  • *bow* → *blow*: As in, “Over the rainblow” and “Elblowed in the face” and “Ready your crossblow.”
  • Plausible → Blowsible: As in, “Blowsible deniability.”
  • Blow: These blow-related phrases will let you refer to the explosions of the fireworks: “Any way the wind blows” and “Blow up” and “Blow a fuse” and “Blow off some steam” and “Blow out of the water” and “Blow your mind” and “Soften the blow.” Some blow-related words: blowhard, blowback, blown, blowout, blowfish and deathblow.
  • *ble → *blew: These puns focus on the word “blew” as a variation of the explosive-related “blow”, as in, “On the tablew” and “Be humblew” and “Not feasiblew” and “A vulnerablew child.” Other words you could use: viablew (viable), amenablew (amenable), inevitablew (inevitable), sensiblew (sensible), formidablew (formidable), tangiblew (tangible).
  • Bloom → Blewm: As in, “Come into blewm” and “A late blewmer.”
  • Blue* → Blew*: blewbird (bluebird), blewprint (blueprint), blewberry (blueberry).
  • Bloom → Boom: As in, “Come into boom” and “A late boomer.”
  • *boo → *boom: As in, taboom (taboo), bamboom (bamboo), bugaboom (bugaboo) and peekaboom (peekaboo). Note: a bugaboo is an imagined fear.
  • Boo → Boom: As in, “Wouldn’t say boom to a ghost.”
  • Fire → Backfire: As in, “All backfired up” and “Ball of backfire” and “Come on baby light my backfire” and “Come home to a real backfire” and “Backfire and rain” and “Backfire away” and “Backfire in the hole” and “Backfire in your belly” and “Backfire storm” and “Get on like a house on backfire” and “In the line of backfire” and “Play with backfire.”
  • Fame → Flame: As in, “Claim to flame” and “Fifteen minutes of flame.”
  • Aim → Flame: As in, “Flame to please” and “Take flame” and “Flame high.”
  • *fam* → *flame*: As in, “Flame-ous last words” and “Almost flame-ous” and “Flame-ily (family) man” and “Looks flame-iliar.” Other words you can use: inflame-ous (infamous) and deflame-ation (defamation).
  • *fem* → *flame*: flame-inine (feminine) and flame-inism (feminism).
  • *flam* → *flame*: flame-boyant (flamboyant), flame-ingo (flamingo), flame-enco (flamenco) and inflame-ation (inflammation).

Firework-Related Words

To help you come up with your own firework puns, here’s a list of related words to get you on your way. If you come up with any new puns or related words, please feel free to share them in the comments!

General: firework, pyrotechnic, sparklers, firecracker, (pyrotechnic) star, explosive, explosion, gunpowder, black powder, skyrocket, combustion, combustible, aerial shell, catherine wheel, pyro, fuse, banger, bang, pinwheel, rocket, cake, smoke ball, crossette, chrysanthemum, dahlia, diadem, peony, fish, horsetail, waterfall shell, kamuro, mine, cherry bomb, bouquet shell, palm, ring, roman candle, cannon cracker, cracker, salute, spider, time rain, willow, backfire, flammable, flame, flare, tinder, ignite, spark, blaze,  fuel, flashpowder, oxidiser, mag star, celebration, light, show, display, burn, report, hummer, whizz, whizbang, whistle, pollution, blast, glitter, flicker

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