He replied: They are like the punning
riddles which are asked at feasts or the children's puzzle about the eunuch aiming at the bat, with what he hit him, as they say in the puzzle, and upon what the bat was sitting.
As easily as there may be stupidity in a man of genius if you take him unawares on the wrong subject, or as many a man who has the best will to advance the social millennium might be ill-inspired in imagining its lighter pleasures; unable to go beyond Offenbach's music, or the brilliant punning
in the last burlesque.
In what follows, I examine how tutors can help students determine what constitutes "good pun usage" and explain some specific methods peer tutors can use to assist students in constructing punning
But while punning
barely features in the repertoire of the modern comedian, the Elizabethan genius still gets away with them.
Is it because punning
is reserved for the tilt-a-whirl
Interactional Aspects of Language-Based Humour in Shakespeare's Comedies: The Dynamics of Punning
A member of the editorial board of the journal Oil Shale, one of the most remarkable natural scientists and science managers in the Baltic States, Tallinn University's professor of geoecology Jaan-Mati Punning
passed away on November 21, 2009.
For me and my many pun pals, punning
is a rewording experience that, like a good steak, can be a rare medium well done.
With this pithy turn of phrase, poet Torquato Neto put forth two of the Brazilian movement's most provocative claims: first, that it provided an ideological alternative to defensive nationalisms, both Left and Right, in late-'60s Brazil; and second, that this alternative was constructed on an aesthetics of punning
and resignification, a revaluing of words and positions, a flipping of public platforms into playgrounds that would invert the so-called predicament of Brazil's tropical malaise into a vibrant cultural legacy called Tropicalia.
Pun is defined here after Delabastita (1993: 57) as a phenomenon depending for its existence on the juxtaposition of (at least two) similar/identical forms and (at least two) dissimilar meanings, where, broadly speaking, the subtler the formal contrast and the sharper the semantic one, the finer the punning
And can the warring factions-those who love punning
on the one hand, those who detest it with a passion on the other-ever be truly reconciled?
The pun thus explains the fragment: Phrynichus' reaction to Syrakosios' decree demonstrates the principle, power, and playful impudence of punning