Homonyms: A Reel Waist of Thyme

I spotted this Homonyms T-Shirt over at Mental Floss (why don’t I subscribed to this magazine?) and thought it was uber witty. I then found the video below on YouTube and  now my view of homonyms will never be the same. I should note that if you’re at work, the video below is somewhat NSFW.

Did you know that there are actually two different types of homonyms? Yep:

A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. The words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of “rise”), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or to, two, and too.

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A homograph is a word or a group of words that share the same written form but have different meanings. When spoken, the meanings may be distinguished by different pronunciations (in which case the words are also heteronyms) or they may not (in which case the words are also both homophones and homonyms according to the definition of homonyms as words with the same writing and pronunciation; however, in a looser sense the term “homonym” may be applied to words with the same writing or pronunciation, in which case all homographs are also homonyms).

Anyhow, here’s an interesting venn diagram showing the relationships between homographs (yellow) and related linguistic concepts.

In any case, you can grab the very awesome Homonym T-Shirt from Mental Floss now for $17.97.

Threadless Comics-on Tees

Our favorite little crowdsourcing T-Shirt company that could, Threadless, released a series of tees in celebration of Comic-Con! The series is called Threadless Comics-On Tees and features the work of some very talented artists including Jill Thompson, Cliff Chiang, Tony Moore and Art Baltazar.

What’s especially cool about these 4 shirts are that they all follow a single storyline, which was written by Thompson. Is this first volume of many Threadless Comics-On Tees to come? The idea is great so I wouldn’t mind seeing, reading and wearing future volumes!

The shirts are individually priced at $20 a piece but you can grab all 4 as part of the “Collector’s Edition 4 Pack” which is priced at $70 (you save $10 by going this route).

Threadless Comics-On Tees

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 2, Vol. 1 by Tony Moore.

“When Jill Thompson asked me to join this project with herself, Cliff Chiang, and Art Balthazar, I was very excited. Threadless is a mainstay around my house, and the other contributors are all professionals I’ve known and admired for quite some time. But then there was the reality of standing beside those fine folks, and with the company that brings so many great shirt designs to life, and when…”

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 2, Vol. 1 by Tony Moore

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 2, Vol. 1 by Tony Moore

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 4, Vol. 1 by Art Baltazar.

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 4, Vol. 1 by Art Baltazar

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 3, Vol. 1 by Cliff Chiang.

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Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 3, Vol. 1 by Cliff Chiang

Every Night I Have the Same Dream, Issue 1, Vol. 1 by Jill Thompson.

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BeerBot Bottle Opener T-Shirt

Yeah, someone made a T-Shirt with a beer bottle opener built in. No, I’m not kidding. And although this is not the end of civilization, I think we might be getting close. Speaking of built-in bottle openers, have you seen those slippers (flip-flops for you mainland folks) with the built in bottle openers? I could not even fathom opening an ice cold lager with the germ ridden underside of a slipper. Nasty! N-A-S-T-Y!

So compared to the slipper with the build-in bottle opener, I guess the BeerBot isn’t that bad. Unless of course you use your T-Shirt to wipe your snot.

The BeerBot Bottle Opener T-Shirt is available now from ThinkGeek for $19.99.

BeerBot Bottle Opener T-Shirt

BeerBot Bottle Opener T-Shirt

BeerBot Bottle Opener T-Shirt

And here are those slippers that I was talking about. These are made by Reef. You can pick up a pear from Amazon for about $45.

Reef Bottle Opener Sandals

Something Strange, In Your Beverage…

It has been two weeks in a row now that Threadless has released a movie parody tee. Last week they poked fun at the Avatar phenomenon by infusing a little Smurf action into the design. This week they featured one of the most beloved geek movies of the 80’s, Ghostbusters!

Something Strange, In Your Beverage… by David Staffell features the nemesis from the original 1984 Ghostbusters film, Stay Puft. Speaking of Stay Puft, did you know that Dan Aykroyd actually came up with the concept for this character?

Dan Aykroyd conceived of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man for his initial script for Ghostbusters the movie. He created the character to show that if “You created this white monster to sell your products, and it seems harmless and puff and cute — but given the right circumstances, everything can be turned back and become evil.”

Something Strange, In Your Beverage... by David Staffell

Something Strange, In Your Beverage... by David Staffell

New Tolky Monkys Character Shirts

Our friends from Spain, Tolky Monkys, has just released some new tees featuring some new Tolky Monkys characters! And of course, each of the new characters have a backstory:

The first, Muerte, is a veteran with 6 different designs on the back. We’ve called this last one “vanity-fear”. We hope you get the play on words when you see the design ;] It’s centered in the middle with graphic details on the back. Additionally, we have 2 new characters: The astonishing neighbors of 33C, scientists who are passionate about discovering new things, and Bluby Birdo, the Character that we have used for the 5th Edition of Micro-stories.

The new character tees are available now from Tolky Monkys and are priced at 22 EURO a piece and comes available in different colorways for those of you who enjoy choice!

Tolky Monkys

Tolky Monkys

Tolky Monkys

Glennz Tees: Sale Week

WEll this is exciting! A blog favorite, Glennz Tees, is having a site wide sale this entire week. This means that all shirts are $15.95 (regularly $19.95), hoodies are $34.95, calendars are $9.95 and laptop skins are $12.95. Also, don’t forget that he has a bunch of tees that have also been marked down to a cheap $11.

You may want to pick up Glennz latest tee, Snake Charmer. It’s printed on a silver American Apparel tee and features an 8-but snake!

Glennz Tees Sale

Snake Charmer

Lowdtown Fall 2009 Release

Our buddy Ray Masaki of Lowdtown Friends & Freaks just released his fall line of tees and as always, I’m impressed! He mentioned that he experimented a lot with this line and it really shows. The Black On Black Lowdtown Logo tee uses a specialty gel ink to give the shirt a bit of a shine and that Insatiable tee features an enormously huge print. All of the Lowdtown shirts feature a woven size tag and a Lowdtown woven tag on the bottom left seam. The shirts below are available now for purchase now for $20 with the exception of Bomber which is available for the very cheap $10. For even more savings, use the coupon code “coty” at checkout for an additional 10% off your entire order!

For even more Lowdtown Friends & Freaks check out Co-Tee TV Episode #17!

Black On Black Logo Tee

Insatiable

Slipscript

Bomber