In 2017 we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Austin’s original wordy event with an exhibit of photos and memorabilia on display in the Susanna Dickinson Museum.
The House of Pun hysterical marker reads as follows:
“Hear is the sight where we celebrate forty years and jeers of a whirled champion ship groin here in the violet crown city of Austin, Texas. For too score and several puns ago, many have gathered hear in the now fuller Brush Square for the mirth time. These men and women have create a new word order. A flicked with paronomasia and sever malaproprisms, they have been known to circumvent the word in eighty ways. The O. Henry Museum Pun-Off World Championships is for those who support adult alliteration of all ages for armature poets and those pun on pro prose alike. Our hard-corpse of faithful punsters mecca trek to Austin each spring and they come in throngs. Actually it’s only one throng, because it’s a quasi-religious experience and everyone knows two throngs don’t make a rite.”