I was lecturing yesterday about eighteenth century Vietnam, and the discussion turned to the French and their early colonial aims in the region. I informed the class that the French made a wise move in their choice of noble families to back in the dynastic struggle.
"This was the classic Nguyen-win situation, " I intoned, mostly to a silent class.
You see, the pronunciation of this famous Vietnamese last name is kind of like hwin, and I cleverly morphed it into...ahem...oh, never mind. Only a geek like me could find this wordplay funny.