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Puns and Verbal Irony

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Graham Brown

on 21 October 2014

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Transcript of Puns and Verbal Irony

This is a visual pun, since it uses pictures and
Puns are when similar-sounding words or words with two meanings are used to a humorous effect. Simply put, a pun is a play on words. There are two main types of puns: typographic puns and visual puns.
Typographic Pun
A typographic pun is a pun that uses words instead of pictures. There are three types of typographic puns: homophonic, homographic, and compound.
Homophonic Puns
A homophonic pun is a pun that uses words that sound similar but have different spellings and meanings. Here are some examples of homophonic puns:

I bet the butcher the other day that he couldn't reach the meat that was on the top shelf. He refused to take the bet, saying that the steaks were too high.
One horse said to the other, "Your face is familiar but I don't remember the mane."
Visual Pun
A visual pun is a pun that uses visuals and pictures. Here are some examples:

Puns and Verbal Irony
Homographic Puns
A homographic pun is a pun that exploits the double meanings of words. Here are some examples of homographic puns:

A blind man picked up a hammer and saw
a dog having puppies on the sidewalk is considered littering
Compound Puns
These puns rely on a string of words to make another word. Here are some examples of compound puns:

Where do you find giant snails? on the ends of giants' fingers
In the winter my dog wears his coat, but in the summer he wears his coat and pants.
Verbal Irony
Verbal irony implies a different meaning to what the phrase is actually saying.

For example: When a mother walks into a room and sees that her children, instead of doing their homework, are playing video games, she gives them a stern look and says, "Once you're done with your very important work there, let's take some time out for recreation in the form of some chemistry problems."
Situational Irony
Dramatic Irony
Situational irony is a type of irony where what actually happens is the opposite of what was expected.

Example: A man who is a traffic cop gets his license suspended for unpaid parking tickets.
Dramatic irony is when the words and actions of the characters take on a different meaning for the audience or reader, than they do for the character.

For example: A character may act in an inappropriate or foolish manor, or when a character lacks self-awareness and thus acts under false assumptions.
Dramatic Irony
Verbal Irony Video
Situational Irony
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