Fun Fridays – September 25, 2020

I cannot claim the below hilarity as my own. I found it years ago, floating around the internet without attribution. If you know who wrote it, let’s applaud them for creativity! Happy to add attribution or take this down if so asked. Enjoy this clever take on the word “canon.”


In the Catholic church, the proper title of a priest who serves as an advisor to a bishop is a “canon.”

If that advisor to a bishop owns an artillery piece, naturally that makes it a canon’s cannon.

Furthermore, if you write a story in which it’s textually established that an advisor to a bishop owns an artillery piece, it’s a canon’s canon cannon — or possibly a canon canon’s cannon, depending on whether we’re more concerned with the canonicity of the canon, or the cannon.

(Conversely, if the advisor to the bishop is popularly supposed by the fandom to own an artillery piece, but no such device appears in the text, it’s merely a headcanon canon’s cannon.)

Finally, the term “canon” may also refer to a religion’s body of approved sacred texts. Thus, if in the story it’s established that the advisor to the bishop’s artillery piece that has been specially modified for the high-speed delivery of holy scriptures, that makes it a canon canon’s canon cannon.

Any questions?

12 Responses to Fun Fridays – September 25, 2020

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    Joy Avery Melville September 25, 2020 at 5:09 am #

    Then my editor will ding me for REPETITION, right? lol

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    Teresa Krager September 25, 2020 at 6:52 am #

    FYI: A canon is also music that is done in a round where there are repetitions of a preceding part.
    So … the above canon/cannon remarks could be performed in a canon! 🤪

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    Bill Bethel September 25, 2020 at 7:43 am #

    And here I thought a cannon was the bone on a horse, between the hock and fetlock. I cannon wrap my head around all this!

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    Lila Diller September 25, 2020 at 7:45 am #

    That’s hilarious! Add to the hilarity, my best friend’s last name is Cannon. So that would make it “the Cannons’ canon canon’s canon cannon” in a canon, as Teresa reminded me. 😀

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    JB Blake September 25, 2020 at 9:17 am #

    That’s hilarious!

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    Cheryl Coffman September 25, 2020 at 11:17 am #

    Yeah to the English language! No wonder why it is so difficult to learn English as a second language am I write or right?

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      Dinah September 26, 2020 at 11:02 am #

      It is a rite.

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    Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D. September 26, 2020 at 5:59 am #

    Steve, if I had been put in charge of a college before I had gotten married, I would have been Dean Dean. That still doesn’t trump your canon’s canon canon cannon or its canonicity.

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    Robyn Renée Monroe September 26, 2020 at 6:26 am #


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    Dinah September 26, 2020 at 11:01 am #

    Can I comment? Normally, I can on this sort of silliness; but today I can only say I can not.

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    Marlene Worrall September 26, 2020 at 11:17 am #

    Dear Steve,
    Absolutely, amazingly wonderful!
    Thank-you for taking the time to share this with us!

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    OLUSOLA SOPHIA ANYANWU September 26, 2020 at 1:02 pm #

    This has become Maths or Greek to me, whichever – they are both confusing and I was greatly amused. God bless you!

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