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(BBC)   Why do puns, even from such brilliant minds as Cicero, Quintilian, Shakespeare, Groucho Marx, Victor Borge, William Safire and Rodney Dangerfield, get no respect -- no respect, et al?   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 116
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2013-01-23 03:14:58 AM

vernonFL: It is cool that puns are used in every language, from Hebrew to Greek to Latin to Chinese. Chinese use puns to get around internet censorship.


1.bp.blogspot.com
Rest of the world: Alpaca
China: Fark your mother

/is that a pun or a play on words?
//has told puns in other languages
///Italy needs a national emergency house cleaning service; I would call it the  Pulizia
 
2013-01-23 03:15:54 AM

vernonFL: [splashysplash.com image 850x850]


LOL.

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Click the link, prepare for pun
[fourcoloursandthetruth.files.wordpress.com image 642x842]
ishment.


For me, Mike Zeck did the Best. Punisher. Ever.
 
2013-01-23 03:26:00 AM

Fano: BTW, relevant to the article, I love a place in Georgia called "What the Pho?"


One of my favorite restaurants in las vegas is Pho Kim Long.

I don't know if the english pronunciation was considered when naming the place.
 
2013-01-23 03:37:49 AM
My friend hates word play.
So I told him ten jokes to make him laugh.
When I asked him if any of the jokes made him laugh.
He simply replied that no pun in ten did.
 
2013-01-23 03:39:26 AM
I like puns
cunning linguistics
blert
 
2013-01-23 03:43:31 AM

One Bad Apple: A good pun should not make people laugh it should make them groan and wince.

A great pun makes people take a knee.


I used to be a jokester like you, then I took a pun to the knee..
 
2013-01-23 03:44:41 AM
You people should bury your heads in the sand. Some of these puns are quite ostrich.
 
2013-01-23 03:50:21 AM
Don't know if it's a pun but in college I worked at a bike shop owned (in half) by Justice Baxter called "Wheels of Justice" it was a great shop. And I got the job at a party many months prior, getting shiat-faced with Justice. He mentioned he owned a shop, I mentioned I'm a mechanic, and he said call him sometime for a job.. When I eventually did, he couldn't quite remember me, as he knows a number of daves. I mentioned the party, and he responded "oh! Drunk dave! yeah come on over" Thus I got a job.
 
2013-01-23 03:50:41 AM
Perhaps the biggest reason I miss my late cousin, Alice, is the fun we would have when we got together, usually three times a year, and spent hours swapping new puns and shaggy dog stories.

A few years back, someone on the Classics-L list serv posted a triple pun, one that managed to pun in Latin, Greek and |German.  It was just awesome to behold.  I just wish I could remember where I wrote it down.
 
2013-01-23 03:55:26 AM
LET'S GET THERE AND SLEIGH THEM. HO. HO. HO.

/ THAT WAS A PUNE, OR PLAY ON WORDS
// I DON'T KNOW IF YOU NOTICED
 
2013-01-23 03:56:11 AM

One Bad Apple: A good pun should not make people laugh it should make them groan and wince.

A great pun makes people take a knee.


I divide and concur.

/Puns are always intended.
//Great delivery, Subby. I'll be looking for this headline on the red carpet this Farkcember.
///I think I'll bookmark this thread for later. We've got some really punny farkers in this here website.
 
2013-01-23 03:57:22 AM
"Dollars! There's-a where my uncle lives! Dollars, Taxes!"
 
2013-01-23 03:59:55 AM

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Click the link, prepare for pun
[fourcoloursandthetruth.files.wordpress.com image 642x842]
ishment.


maybe I suck, but where is the link? I wanna have pun too. =/
 
2013-01-23 04:05:11 AM
What's one of those things that reads the same forwards as backwards?
 
2013-01-23 04:06:56 AM

Pert: What's one of those things that reads the same forwards as backwards?


Palindrome.
 
2013-01-23 04:20:22 AM

Pert: What's one of those things that reads the same forwards as backwards?


racecar
 
2013-01-23 04:24:52 AM
This guy has based and incredibly long series of books on puns.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-23 04:32:52 AM

God Is My Co-Pirate: simplicimus: Groucho was mentioned in one of my linguistic text books.
"Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana"

You can leave in a taxi. If you can't get a taxi, you can leave in a huff. If that's too soon, you can leave in a minute and a huff.


Capt. Spaulding: [to Mrs. Rittenhouse and Mrs. Whitehead] So what do you say, gals, what do you say? Are we all going to get married?
Mrs. Whitehead: All of us?
Capt. Spaulding: All of us.
Mrs. Whitehead: Why, thats bigamy.
Capt. Spaulding: Yes, and its big of me too. It's big of all of us. Let's be big for a change!
 
2013-01-23 04:36:02 AM

TheVeryDeadIanMartin: This guy has based and incredibly long series of books on puns.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 248x413]


As did this guy.

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2013-01-23 04:49:53 AM

simplicimus: Groucho was mentioned in one of my linguistic text books.
"Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana"


Also from Groucho:

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
 
2013-01-23 04:53:43 AM
i428.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-23 04:58:14 AM

Pert: What's one of those things that reads the same forwards as backwards?


tacocat
 
2013-01-23 05:00:41 AM
I like bi- or trilingual puns. Of course, one man's meat is another man's poisson.
 
2013-01-23 05:00:47 AM

TheVeryDeadIanMartin: This guy has based and incredibly long series of books on puns.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 248x413]


Scared me shiatless - first read author as piers morgan.
 
2013-01-23 05:24:07 AM
Man 1: I'm a teepee! No, I'm a pup tent! No, I'm a teepee! Wait, I'm a pup-tent!
Man 2: Dude, relax, you're two tents.

/a-thank you!
 
2013-01-23 05:52:58 AM

Apos: Well, that was an onslaught of unnecessary.....

*dons sunglasses*

......pun-tification.

/Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah!



I'm so glad someone remembered the current holder of the title of "Bad Punster." I was worried I was going to have to arrange a mention.
 
2013-01-23 05:59:21 AM
With me, nothing goes right. My psychiatrist said my wife and I should have sex every night. Now, we'll never see each other!
Rodney Dangerfield
 
2013-01-23 06:40:05 AM
Back when nickles had pictures of bees on them, I read this sci-fi story featuring a planet-sized computer into which was fed all humor. It was then asked what humor was for, and why puns were despised.

The answer came back that humor, as such was an alien experiment - except for puns, which were native and had to be controlled for (hated) - but that if this were to be discovered, humor would immediately disappear.

The last line was, "Can anybody think of a joke?"
 
2013-01-23 06:56:07 AM

Aulus: Pert: What's one of those things that reads the same forwards as backwards?

Palindrome.


Yeah, that's it.

Like Bolton.
 
2013-01-23 07:02:42 AM
There's an old joke that I only recently realized was a pun in both English and Spanish:

"What do you call a Mexican woman with no legs? Consuelo!"

(In Spanish, "con suelo" means something like "close to the ground." The English interpretation is much, much NSFW-ier.)
 
2013-01-23 07:16:46 AM
A farmer had three boys. As he was getting on in years he called them together and told them they would only inherit the farm if they continued to use it for agricultural purposes. The oldest boy said that he would dedicate his life to raising the best beef cattle in the state. The second boy said he would use the land to develop and new breed of hogs. The third said he wanted to specialize in chicken farming.

Delighted with their choices, the old man deeded the farm to his sons. When they arrived to work the next morning they found the old man there standing by a new sign that read "Welcome to Focus Ranch." They asked him why he had chosen that name nad he replied '"It's where the sons raise meat."
 
2013-01-23 07:22:51 AM

Valiente: I like bi- or trilingual puns. Of course, one man's meat is another man's poisson.


Ouate de phoque?
 
2013-01-23 07:28:49 AM

dericwater: A good pun is like good sex: you can tell from the moaning.


Damn it. All this time I thought it was from the semen.
 
2013-01-23 08:00:01 AM

nmrsnr: One Bad Apple: A great pun makes people take a knee.

Yes, but the ACLU has capped the number of those puns I can make.


I wasn't aware college football had caps.
 
2013-01-23 08:03:14 AM

Pert: What's one of those things that reads the same forwards as backwards?


Bob
 
2013-01-23 08:04:53 AM
My favorite pun is inscribed in the dome of St Peter's in Rome: "You are Peter and on you I will build my church" ("Peter" in Greek/Latin is "Petros" which also means "Rock").

Jesus was a punster.
 
2013-01-23 08:33:05 AM
During the OJ trial I liked to tell people that Ted Kennedy personally picked the Dream Team of lawyers, because somebody had to get the chap acquitted.
 
2013-01-23 08:35:52 AM
Yesterday I walked into a bar. Boy, did it hurt.
 
2013-01-23 08:56:46 AM

thisisyourbrainonFark: also most farkers on the politics tab are like dull pencils


Maybe they are a little headstrong, but they come by it honestly.

/And that's why farkers are born.
 
2013-01-23 09:05:07 AM
Wife limped into the room one night complaining that her ankle was sore again.

Told her, "Oh, so like that Elvis song? Return to Tender?"

Which has the bonus of being both a pun and an earworm.
 
2013-01-23 09:06:56 AM
Wife came into the room with a bowl of soup.

I asked, "Didn't you have the same thing for lunch? What are you, from Australia? Moresoupial?"
 
2013-01-23 09:21:37 AM
Oscar Mayer actually has a school for puns to teach all their Weinermobile drivers how to pun. I happen to know one of the grandsons of Oscar Mayer and his family. I'm pretty sure it's a genetic trait in that family. That guy, and his son, and probably the rest of the family tree never leave you pining for more if you have a taste for puns.
 
2013-01-23 09:25:02 AM
Am I a bad person for enjoying pun fights?

A friend and I can keep them going for at least 15 minutes. Probably longer, but we just had to stop so the people around us wouldn't murder us. It's weird. The first (and admittedly so far only time) we tried it we instantly developed these unspoken rules (like category shifting: If you've made a pun that fit into the previous pun-theme, but also could fit another theme, the responder can shift to the second theme. Like, if we're making fish puns, that can transition to water puns, which can transition to beach, etc etc. Or it can go from fish to porpoises to animals in general.)
 
2013-01-23 09:27:11 AM
Without RTFA: Because at least 98% of them are terrible.
 
2013-01-23 09:29:38 AM

Deep Contact: With me, nothing goes right. My psychiatrist said my wife and I should have sex every night. Now, we'll never see each other!
Rodney Dangerfield


"My wife likes to talk to me during sex. Last night she called me from a hotel room."
 
2013-01-23 09:39:53 AM

Valiente: I like bi- or trilingual puns. Of course, one man's meat is another man's poisson.


One man's Mede is another man's Persian.
 
2013-01-23 09:53:49 AM
So a guy walks into a liquor store, grabs his favorite discount beer and approaches the cashier when he hears "Gosh dang! I can't use this farking fork to stab my meal!" The guy then says to the clerk "Well, if you can't spear it, you can always whine."
 
2013-01-23 09:59:38 AM
Did the pundits pan puns anon, would we the punalty pay
Our punishment for punnish bent, inpundment in the punitentiary.
Yet I remain impunitent.
 
2013-01-23 10:04:55 AM
More Groucho!

I find puns a pretty good sign of intelligence. To draw a parallel between two words through their spelling or sound while still keeping a humorous tie between their meanings through context is a beautiful thing. It's also obviously an indicator, because some people DO NOT GET IT. They can't see the relationship, can't draw the parallel or see why the context makes the substituted word funny.

When a person gets it but doesn't find it funny, you know they have a twisted sense of humor. Those are the folks that probably find kicking puppies hilarious; word play just doesn't offer enough punch for their sensibilities.
 
2013-01-23 10:42:40 AM

dionysusaur: Pert: What's one of those things that reads the same forwards as backwards?


Notlob
 
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