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Transcript of Puns
A pun is a play on words that is used to produce a humorous effect by using a word that has two or more meanings or by using two words that look and sound similar, but have different meanings.
Definition of the "Pun"
- Why do we still have troops in Germany? To keep the Russians in Czech.
- Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
- An elephant’s opinion carries a lot of weight.
- What is the difference between a conductor and a teacher? The conductor minds the train and a teacher trains the mind.
A Sharp Point
William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"
- Romeo: “Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoes with nimble soles; I have a soul of lead”
Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Earnest"
- “On the contrary, Aunt Augusta, I’ve now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest”
Examples in Literature
Petting a Porpoise
Purpose of Pun
Aside from simply being used as a way to generate humor, the purpose of using puns is usually to show off the clever mind of either the writer, the character or both.
Example of Pun in "Wuthering Heights"
The pane points the way the wind wuthers.
Puns Just for Fun
Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations"
- “They seemed to think the opportunity lost, if they failed to point the conversation to me, every now and then, and stick the point into me”
- What vain weather-cocks we are!
- The pun here is in the fact that the writer uses the word vain to describe a weather-cock, while a weather-cock can also be called a weather-vane.