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Transcript of Puns
A form of wordplay that suggests two or more meanings by exploiting multiple meanings of words or similar sounding words. (A "play on words")
There are 3 main types of puns....
Homographic: Involves words which have the same spelling, but different meanings and usually sounds. (rely on sight more than meaning)
(Example: Why is it so wet in England? Because many kings and queens have reigned there. )
Homophonic: the pun depends on similar-sounding words with different meanings.
Examples from literature
“Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York.”(Richard III, Shakespeare). The pun is on the word ‘son’ (Son/sun)
- Puns create a rhetorical or humourous effect
- They grab the reader's attention
Mercutio: "Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance."
Romeo: "Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoes / With nimble soles; I have a soul of lead…"
(Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare). The pun is on the word 'soul/sole"
Homonymic: A pun that is both homographic and homophonic (Have same spelling and pronunciation, but different meanings)
(Example: You can tune a guitar, but you can't tuna fish. Unless of course, you play bass.)
(She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
7) I work as a baker because I knead the dough.
5) The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
3)No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
1)Atheism is a non-prophet institution.
2)A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
- They can be used to conceal a joke or insult
“Thou hast not done, For I have more.”-- A Hymn to God the Father, John Donne
6) What do runners do when they forget something? – They jog their memory.
4) With every number I read, my mind gets number and number.