In the Abstract, Yes

A pun-splosion in IRC today—at work—about naming children programming language terms reminded me of one of my all-time favorite puns.

A child psychologist who is all in favor of new, alternative discipline for kids comes home one day to find his two kids putting their hand prints in the freshly laid sidewalk in front of their house.

As he gives them a good wallop his wife gasps, “I thought you were against punishing your kids that way?!” He replies, “In the abstract, yes—but not in the concrete.”

(First seen in the ever-punderful book Treasury of Atrocious Puns by Bennett Cerf.)