Posts Tagged ‘Pun’

The Cat and the Comma!

July 10, 2017

Once in a while you run across a joke that is a bit more intellectual than most.  And, when it includes a pun as well . . . ah, that’s just wonderful!  Here’s a joke that I discovered recently (please don’t groan too loudly).

Q: What is the difference between a cat and a comma?
A: One has claws at the end of its paws and the other is a pause at the end of a clause.


Some Puns Are Intended!

January 31, 2017

I’ve long used paronomasia as a form of humor which has elicited many a groan over the years.


\ par-uh-noh-mey-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh \, noun;

1.  the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound to achieve a specific effect, as humor or a dual meaning; punning
2.  a pun

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Some Humor for Tuesday!

May 5, 2015

IMG_0801[1]Happy Cinco de Mayo . . . and now, for those of you who enjoy a good play on words or pun (okay, so there’s no such thing) this should be right up your alley.  Enjoy!  Seriously though, contrary to an oft mistaken belief, today does NOT mark Mexico’s Independence Day (celebrated on September 16); rather today represents the Celebration of the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  This battle was significant for two reasons: 1) the Mexican army was outnumbered two-to-one by a more well-equipped French Army, and 2) it was the last time any country in the Americas had been invaded by any other European military force.

Bye, Son!

October 15, 2011

During last summer’s trip to the Grand Canyon, we decided to stop in Amarillo on the return leg of the journey.   As we were riding the elevator up to the room, there was a wonderfully clever sign (homophonic pun) on the inside door.  Being an enthusiast of the American Bison (as well as a bit of a punster), I could not resist snapping a photo.

Do you know how many different types of puns there are?  Puns can be classified in a variety of ways . . .

  • As indicated above, there is the homophonic pun (where the word pairs sound alike but are not synonymous).
  • There is the homographic pun (words that are spelled the same, but have different meanings).
  • There is the homonymic pun (the exploitation of words that are both homographs and homophones).
  • There is the compound pun (a statement which contains two or more puns).
  • There is the recursive pun (one where a second aspect of a pun relies on an understanding of an element of the first aspect).
  • There are visual puns (where the pun aspects are replaced by a picture).
  • There are graphological puns (where the pun is based upon a typographical arrangement of the words).
  • There are morphologic puns (combining both sounds and meanings, a portmanteau).

Puns are often used as a punchline to a joke.  One of my favorites, from the movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (a movie set on the high seas), goes as follows . . .

Captain Aubrey: “Do you see those two weevils, Doctor?…Which would you choose?”
Dr. Maturin: “Neither. There’s not a scrap of difference between them. They’re the same species of Curculio.”
Captain Aubrey: “If you had to choose. If you were forced to make a choice. If there were no other option.”
Dr. Maturin: “Well, then, if you’re going to push me. I would choose the right-hand weevil. It has significant advantage in both length and breadth.”
Captain Aubrey: “There, I have you!…Do you not know that in the Service, one must always choose the lesser of two weevils?”

Olelo ano lua (Pun).

Source of Hawaiian term: An English-Hawaiian Dictionary with Various Useful Tables, by H.R. Hitchcock (1968).