One-Word Joke

 Silius 

Update: (9/5, 4:15pm)

Since no one has ‘gotten’ it yet, here’s another version of the joke with the same answer:

 Baebius 

And here are two more, non-Classical this time, with a different, but parallel, answer:

 Philip 
 Charles 

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9 Responses to One-Word Joke

  1. Elizabeth Vandiver says:

    Philip and Charles “The Bold.” Right?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I thought you were looking for “Latin names ending in -ius that sound funny when Anglicized”: i.e., if Livius = Livy, then Silius should = Silly, and, of course, Gellius should = Jelly.
    Isn’t that funnier?

  3. Maybe I should have said ‘puzzle’ rather than ‘joke’: it’s in Italics. Does that help with the last two words?

  4. clint says:

    OK – I did think “Italicus” as soon as I saw Silius; but why is that funny?

  5. Bingo! That takes care of the first two, worse than mediocre poets Silius Italicus and Baebius Italicus. What about the modern jokes?

  6. anonymous says:

    surely you are referring to italicus.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Puppienus (emperor temporally near Commodus)

  8. Gary says:

    Surely you’re joking. Surely you’re not sirius about this.

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