I came across a picture that was meant to be funny, but puzzled me instead:


"When the boss is a way work becomes a holiday"
I was expecting away in one word.
Is this a pun (that I am missing) or obvious typo?

  • Just one more example of why you shouldn't get spelling and grammar tips from the unwashed Internet. – Robusto Sep 1 '15 at 11:28
  • Hence the stackexchange filtering – MonoThreaded Sep 1 '15 at 11:29
  • My point is, you didn't get that picture here. – Robusto Sep 1 '15 at 11:35
  • If it's the Christmas card of a road work company, it might be a pun. "When the boss is a road...", and so forth. Or it might be the Christmas card in a consulting firm providing solutions.. "When the boss is a solution..." – Born2Smile Sep 1 '15 at 11:42
  • It is a semi-literate transcription of a (non-English) proverb. Here it is shown correctly cdn.someecards.com/someecards/usercards/… – chasly from UK Sep 1 '15 at 11:47

I could see it as a pun. The boss being a way might imply that the boss, rather than saying no to goofing off at work, is easy to convince and thus becomes a way of legitimizing, shall we say, a work slow down.

That said, this is just a guess and my first intuition is that it's incorrect usage or a typo.

  • I doubt it's a pun. Looks like a simple mistake. – aparente001 Sep 2 '15 at 20:44

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