HD: In Defense of Puns
Posted: 17 December 2016 04:54 AM   [ Ignore ]
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When I saw this was a year and a half old, I almost decided to punt, but then posted it anyway...

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Posted: 17 December 2016 07:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Glad you bailed out your punt.  That was fun.

Puns can cause one to delve into etymology.  “How?” you ask.

I do volunteer work in a secondhand book shop that supports our local library.  One night each week we stay open late, and offer, in addition to a fine collection of books, free mulled cider and home made cookies.  A customer was invited to try the ginger cookies.  He took a bite, moaned with pleasure, and declared them decadent.  I drolly mentiond that they would be when he had eaten nine more.  He replied that so many would last him until 2026.

We chortled at our collective puerile wit.

Then, I had to verify that, despite appearances, decade and decadent don’t share a common root, other than, in this case, the ginger.

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Posted: 19 December 2016 10:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yes!

Very entertaining.

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Posted: 20 December 2016 01:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Nice one, cuchuflete!

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Posted: 22 December 2016 02:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Are all of the examples featured in this video according to Hoyle puns?

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Posted: 22 December 2016 05:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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There’s only one that I would definitely not count as a pun, although there are several that can be classified as wordplay, but not technically puns. And there’s one that I didn’t get.

Indisputable puns in the video:
swayed / suede
teeth / tweets
grave (serious) / grave (hole in the ground)
beetles / Beatles
gun / pun
dual / duel
homophonic / homophobic
grown / groan
gluten free / going against the grain
yeast / least
though / dough
pun / bun
pun / fun
(w)rap on sandwiches (a pun, but it doesn’t really work as “wrap on sandwiches” doesn’t make sense)

Word play, but technically not puns:
look down on / work on another level
pasta la vista
girl with the gluten snafu / dragon tattoo
indepundence
punderland

Definitely not puns:
Urkel / Winslow

No clue:
??? / awwww

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Posted: 22 December 2016 08:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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...“wrap on sandwiches” doesn’t make sense…

You’ve never eaten a wrap?

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Posted: 22 December 2016 10:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I get what the word play is, but wrap on sandwiches doesn’t make any sense. For the pun to truly work both versions of the phrase, rap/wrap, should make sense.

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Posted: 22 December 2016 11:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I see.

During the Army/Navy game I heard someone say that the Navy team were “Admiral men”, apparently thinking that “Admiral” has something to do with “admire”.  Same sort of thing, I guess.

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Posted: 22 December 2016 03:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I like puns which stack up.

A man is served his eggs Benedict on a hub cap. He asks why.

Waiter: “Well, there’s no plate like Chrome for the Hollandaise”

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Posted: 23 December 2016 01:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Oecolampadius - 22 December 2016 03:30 PM

I like puns which stack up.

A man is served his eggs Benedict on a hub cap. He asks why.

Waiter: “Well, there’s no plate like Chrome for the Hollandaise”

Me too…

A local lad, John Hicks, from the county of Fife in Scotland, reaches the final of the Fish-Eating world championships where he is up against the all-conquering world champ, Stevens. It all looks to be going well for Hicks until he breaks a tooth on a particularly tough ninth fish. Stevens ends up retaining his crown. Papers next day? .......

One tooth free for Fife Hicks, Stevens ate nine tench

I usually run for cover at this point… Happy xmas to you all!

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Posted: 29 December 2016 02:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhino?

Ans:  Elephino.

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Posted: 29 December 2016 06:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Puns were also known as clenches back in the 17th/18th centuries, although how that sense grew from the verb meaning fix securely or the noun meanng a nail that fixes securely is anyone’s guess. Here’s OED:

clench, n.

†4. A play on words, pun, quibble. Obs. or arch. Also clinch n.1

1638 T. Nabbes Covent Garden v. vi. 70 A Countrey fellow full of knavish clinches.
1668 Dryden Of Dramatick Poesie 47 To begin, then, with Shakespeare..He is many times flat, insipid; his Comick wit degenerating into clenches, his serious swelling into Bombast.
1728 Pope Dunciad i. 51 One poor Word a hundred clenches makes.
1807 I. D’Israeli Curiosities of Lit. 1st Ser. (ed. 5) II. 311 Henry VII. made a viceroy of Ireland for the sake of a clench.

Good to see that 1807 cite from old Isaac, father of Benjamin, there. Curiosities of Literature was one of my favourite books for browsing through when I was young, up there with others like Hone’s Table Book and Chamber’s Book of Days. I don’t know if similar types of work exist today but the amount of abstruse information I garnered from those books was untold.

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Posted: 08 January 2017 11:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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No clue:
??? / awwww

I think it was:
Textual assault (sexual assault)

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