“How strange,” you’re thinking. “The Lady has sacrificed a perfectly clear double entendre in order to make its risque meaning not only obvious but obligatory. This is very unlike her; she is not in the habit of dumbing down her wordplay for the sake of the dimmest possible pedestrian. So what’s up with that hyphen?” Here’s what’s up. The Lady inserted the hyphen (and compromised her craft) as a show of support for her favorite Australian Mariner, Ryan “Hyphen” Rowland-Smith, who has been struggling mightily ever since the Lady announced her retirement. The hyphen represents the eternal bond between rugged Aussies and saucy American ladies.


2 Responses

  1. Now … can anybody tell me who this fine wordsmith that has entertained us for years … actually is?
    It seems a great pity that her/his skills may be lost forever after June 27th …

  2. Excellent question, James.

    There are several theories about the wordsmith’s true identity. Some of them are pretty outlandish (e.g. the employees all collaborate on the puns, the patrons submit ideas), but the most commonly held belief, and the most likely, is that the puns come from a guardian spirit of the building who, much like the Oracle at Delphi, can only be consulted by the most virtuous (if not virginal) of maidens.

    If you would like to learn more about the priestesses of Our Lady, come to one of the PlayDays this weekend.

    If you would like to see more discussion of the provenance of Lusty Lady puns, you might enjoy this post:

    thanks for your interest, and stay pious,

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