If one were to play the pipes without an audience, would that constitute an "exercise in flutility"?

Not sure if that pun works on native speakers…

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    “The pipes” is probably not the right word. You might try “the fife” and then the combination of futility and flute will make sense. – Jim Feb 9 '17 at 22:33
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    Amazing nit picking in the comments here. Yes, it makes perfect sense. – UserEpsilon Feb 9 '17 at 23:20
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    I caught the pun alright – J. Taylor Feb 9 '17 at 23:24
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    I got it instantly. I like it. – ab2 Feb 10 '17 at 0:11
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    As puns go, it's a bit worse than most. Of course, some people would consider that to be a good thing. – Hot Licks Feb 10 '17 at 2:57

Stick with NWR and J. Taylor.

It makes perfect sense. It's at least as funny as many another joke and the nit-picking is indeed amazing.

It very clearly works on native speakers with open minds, anyway.

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    If it weren't for nit-picking, this site would be dormant. I can fix things: If a flautist were to perform without an audience, would that constitute an "exercise in flutility"? – deadrat Feb 10 '17 at 6:48
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    By the way, that's exactly what the chimney sweep called his job when he got stuck halfway down a chimney—"an exercise in flutility." – Sven Yargs Feb 10 '17 at 7:29
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    Vague browsing dragged me back here after all that time and if we could up-vote comments, I'd give one each to deadrat and Sven Yargs… – Robbie Goodwin Jun 6 '17 at 17:41

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