I realized I never actually explained I Write Puns Not Alligators. So mentally add this on after the last sentence of that post (I don't like editing after this long, and besides, postwhoring.)
So that kid would make lists of not-actually-synonyms, right? And one day we were talking about him and Tom (who was his editor at the paper) says, during an imitation of him, "See, it's a pun! A funny play on words! An alligator!"
....Maybe you had to be there, but if you know Tom (go read him, he's in my sidebar at the Fortress), you should be able to picture the hilarity.