The literary section of the Guardian had done it again. Perhaps as a companion to their Bad Sex Award, there’s a new contest—for the most unintentionally hilarious title. Inadvertently lewd? Snigger-worthy? Send in your candidates for The Wankh Award!
The name of the award itself has a noble history:
The Wankh awards shall be named in honour of that classic of science-fiction, Jack Vance’s Servants of the Wankh. The 1969 novel, the second in Vance’s Tschai quartet, has had to battle a barrage of titters over the past half-century, thanks to its title.
The article offers up some candidates:
One of the books that always makes any list like this is Geoffrey Prout’s Scouts in Bondage from 1930. Prout was obviously ahead of his time and had one eye on a Wankh award, because he was also the author of Trawler Boy Dick. From the same period, The Lady Loses Her Hoop (subtitled A Gay Little Comedy in One Act) makes me laugh, though I’m not quite sure why. Furthermore it brings us neatly to 1902’s Grimm Tales Made Gay and, for those who like their innuendo with an even blunter edge, Shag: The Story of a Dog.
I instantly remembered DH Lawrence’s short novel The Escaped Cock, which had me and my fellow English majors snickering in Early 20th Century Lit class (the title was later changed, for obvious reasons). Also, the 12th century poem “I have a gentle cock“, which we absolutely LOVED in Medieval Lit. What can I say? Cocks crack me up. Yes, I’m 12 years old.
Are there any unintentionally hilarious titles you’d give the Wankh Award to? Snicker-inducing song titles, play titles, newspaper/magazine headlines also welcome.