A loyal Figarist, Arthur, inquired on Ask Figaro why Figaro had not yet written about the punned cliche called the Feghoot. Although Figaro once proudly wrote a magazine headline that read “Hale, Britannia? Britannia Waives the Rules,” he confesses to having been ignorant of the term “Feghoot.”
It seems that the Feghoot is an eponym for Ferdinand Feghoot, a science fiction character invented in the mid-1950s by Reginald Bretnor under the gnome de plume Grendel Briarton. Feghoot went on short intergalactic missions for the Society for the Aesthetic Re-Arrangement of History, with each shaggy-dog tale ending in an outrageous, cliché-based pun. Time Magazine carried a great Feghoot headline in 1971, when China became a member of the U.N.: “China in the Bull Shop.”
While the Feghoot technically includes a very short story, we hereby declare that this species of punchline qualifies as a figure of speech under that name. You may find this hard to swallow; but Figaro is the bastard of his own ptomaine.