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Romeo and Juliet - Puns

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Melissa Faulkner

on 4 August 2011

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Transcript of Romeo and Juliet - Puns

What's a pun? Two fish swim into a concrete wall.
The one turns to the other and says, "Dam!" Do you think these are funny? I went to the butcher's the other day and I bet him 50 bucks that he couldn't reach the meat off the top shelf. He said, "No, the steaks are too high." You can tune a guitar, but you can't tuna fish. Unless of course, you play bass. Word play which suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. Depends on words that sound the same but have different meanings Homophonic Two peanuts were walking down the street; one was assaulted.
("assaulted" sounds like "a salted"). Homographic Depend upon words that look alike but have multiple meanings. Did you hear about the optometrist who fell into a lens grinder and made a spectacle of himself? Types of Puns Shakespeare The Bard himself made over 3000 puns in the combined body of his works carry coals: submit to humiliation colliers: people who work with coal in choler: angry collar: hangman's noose Act 1, Scene 1
Lines 1 -4 Romeo: Give me a torch: I am not for this ambling.
Being but heavy, I will bear the light. Act 1, Scene 4 The lowest sort of humour? Witty?
Reveals the complex nature of language? Benvolio Means:
benevolent
good-will
peacemaker Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man. Act 3 Scene 1
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