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Pun Intentional

Everything you never wanted to know about puns.

Thomas Carpenter

on 1 May 2010

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Pun Intentional The goodness of the true pun is in the
direct ratio of its intolerability.
~Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia, 1849 The pun is the lowest form of wit.
~John Dennis, 1781 A pun does not commonly justify a blow in
return. But if a blow were given for such cause,
and death ensued, the jury would be judges
both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if
the latter were of an aggravated character,
return a verdict of justifiable homicide.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, 1858 Puns are little "plays on words" that a certain breed
of person loves to spring on you and then look at
you in a certain self-satisfied way to indicate that he
thinks that you must think that he is by far the
cleverest person on Earth now that Benjamin Franklin
is dead, when in fact what you are thinking is that if
this person ever ends up in a lifeboat, the other
passengers will hurl him overboard by the end of the
first day even if they have plenty of food and water.
~Dave Barry,Why Humor Is Funny I think puns are great.
~Thomas Carpenter, yesterday History of the Pun Two Types of Puns Partial Word Phonetic Multiple Definition Puns require: Subject
Context Strategy Introductory Pun Transitory Pun Pun Arsenal Pun Wars How it begins Preset Context Unspoken Rules The O'Henry Pun Off Punniest of Show Punslingers The Pun may have fallen... ...but the Pun also rises. Sources http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O29-PUN.html http://www.fullbooks.com/Essays-and-Tales2.html www.quotegarden.com/puns.html Crosbie, John S. Crosbie's Dictionary of Puns. Harmony Books, New York, New York. 1977. Redfern, Walter. Puns. Basil Blackwell, Inc. New York, New York. 1984 Selected Essays:
The Spectator, Joseph Addison
The Puns of Shakespeare, Dr. F.A. Bather
The Worst Puns are the Best, Charles Lamb
The Unspeakable Pun, Peter Farb www.somuchpun.com Puns have been around for thousands of years (Odyssey)
Philosophers and literary greats from early civilization have expertly crafted puns into their works (Socrates, Cicero, Shakespeare, and many more)
The pun as a revered literary device came to its peak in the 16th - 17th centuries during the reign of King James I.
Ever since the claims of John Dennis and Joseph Addison in the 18th century, the popularity of the pun has fallen, and the view of the pun has become much more cynical. Joseph Addison Currently puns are widely considered a low form of humor, greeted by a ritual groan or awkward laugh. Despite this notion, puns continue to thrive among some, but they were not always so disdained. What exactly is a pun? A play on words, creating an ambiguous meaning, or the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but have different meanings
If you translate into another language and the humor is lost, it can be concluded as a pun (Addison)
If the ambiguity of a sentenced can be traced to one word, that word is a pun (Redfern)
A pun is a form of discovery “There is no kind of false wit which has been so recommended by the practice of all ages, as that which consists in a jingle of words, and is comprehended under the general name of Punning.” Believed puns to be a for of "false wit... conceit arising from the use of two words that agree in sound but not in sense"
Acknowledged that many great historic people utilized puns in their writing, but found it to be a forgivable mistake Shakespeare - The Most Notorious Punster Pun was integral in Shakespeare's work
Pun was not always used for comedic effect, as it is often associated with today
Although integral to his work, many commentators criticized the depth of vapidity his puns could reach Dr. F. A. Bather
Analyzed Shakespeare's usage of the pun
Catalogued a total of 1,062 puns
Categorized Shakespeare's puns Puns of character
Light Comedy
Low Comedy
Puns of a Diseased Brain
Puns of a Weak Mind
Puns of Incident
Art vs. Nature
The Pun Passionate
The Pun Pathetic
Puns of Contrast
Puns tend to be more effective if created in the moment, not repeated as a joke. Obscene Puns A pun which utilizes words which are taboo while maintaining an innocent interpretation
Two element structure Describing every pun not as a pun, but as a bad pun or feeble pun—is a sign at once of sheepish docility and a desire to seem superior. Puns are good, bad and indifferent, and only those who lack the wit to make them are unaware of the fact. - H.W. Fowler Though the bad pun cannot be accounted for in terms of high art, its cultural importance (in the anthropological sense) and its popularity – transcending class distinctions – are of great significance.
- Walter Redfern, Puns Contemporary Pun Culture Compulsive punning… is not only embarrassing and exhausting but is undoubtedly a symptom of some kind of pathological state – perhaps impotence, regression, or profound insecurity. - Tony Tanner "Isle" try to make this brief.

I'm "betta", it's that simple. You're about to "tank", only to find that you can't "pool" yourself together. I'll give you a little time to let that "sink" in, because I know you have slow "motor" skills when it comes to "stream" of consciousness. I'm sad to re"port" that you're using some words twice, so you might get "dock"ed some points. Frankly speaking, you should get your "ship" together. I don't mean to have a mo"nauplii" on everything, but if puns were liquid I would have a"mast" "galleons" more than you. Yours are all "junk", and some are a bit "tack"y. "Nau", if I could offer advice, I would "saline" (say lean) towards quitting, because I wouldn't want to "krill" you "oar" anything. S"Pacific"ly, you could quit and we could still have a "maritime".

But, you know, whatever floats your boat. I think you mean su"fish"ently awkward. I guess we can't de"bait" about that. "Frigate" (forget) it, I'm going to take advantage of your "break point". I know that neither beating”snorkel”ings (beatings nor killings) would be fair, so I will “weight” no more and ma”crest”ing (make resting) in peace for you easy. This “surge” of kindness I have “undercurrent” conditions is “sub” of how I usually am to those inferior. I don’t want “Jamaica” (to make you) feel bad, because I’m impressed with how you work under "pressure", but the only thing that could “wipeout” me i”cyclone” (is a clone) of myself. (And my mother, fyi, but I'll try to stay away from "tan"gents).

I know you want a “typhoon”ot (tie, foo, not) a loss, but I can’t help it. It would “bikini”f (be keen if) you slowly back down, not trying to escape through a “porthole” (portal), but respectfully staying put. You might have “moat”o (more to) say, or try to “rig” something up, but I feel like you’re pretty “drain”ed, although you do a good job of “mask”ing it. Since I double attacked you, you’ve got in”tropical” (into a pickle), and it’s not your “Cuba”t (cue, but) rather a time to end this peacefully.

I didn’t mean to “deck” you so hard, but “hurricane” (hurry, can) we just move on?
Visual Puns Without the pun, it would just be "ishment".
-Anonymous Ok, I actually made that one up.
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