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The Little Book of Puns [Kindle Edition]

Alison Westwood
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Ingenious wordplay and groan-inducing quips

In today’s busy world, where text-speak seems to be the prevalent form of written English, and the average teenager can barely form a proper sentence without using the numbers '4' or '8' as substitutes for letters, is the pun becoming an endangered species?

As a society we have come to regard wordplay as old-fashioned, obvious humour, because it hinges simply on one word having multiple definitions, spellings or sound-a-likes. It may not be controversial, edgy or even topical, but it actually takes a great deal of skill, wit and general knowledge to come up with a decent pun – not everyone can do it.

The Little Book of Puns explores the dying art of paronomasia and gives us a taste of the very best wordplay history has to offer. It harks back to the heady days when intelligence was measured at dinner parties rather than behind a school desk, when people still wrote letters instead of emails and actually read newspapers instead of checking out a website. This book may as well exist in anti–gravity, because you’ll find it almost impossible to put down!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 484 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Canary Press (30 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KC30HI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title, enjoyable book 30 May 2012
Format:Hardcover
You may well ask the question "A book of puns? How do they fill a whole book? And doesn't it get a bit boring?" The answers are they don't, and (perhaps for that reason) it's not boring.

My concise Oxford English Dictionary defines a pun as "a joke exploiting the different meanings of a word or the fact that there are words of the same sound and different meanings". We all know them, and it's traditional to greet one with a groan no matter how good it is. Here the approach seems to be "pun = pretty much any sort play or words, no matter how far away from the original definition that gets". So we find many varieties of these, and even then there is evidence of padding in the form of printing some in over-large bold type.

However if you get past your disappointment on this score, you'll probably like this book. It's well arranged, contains a lot of new material (new to me at least) and has some interesting information about humorous wordsmiths down the ages. It's more of a dip-into-for-a-bit book rather than one to sit down and read through, and if you take it on its terms then it's very enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title, enjoyable book 4 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
You may well ask the question "A book of puns? How do they fill a whole book? And doesn't it get a bit boring?" The answers are they don't, and (perhaps for that reason) it's not boring.

My concise Oxford English Dictionary defines a pun as "a joke exploiting the different meanings of a word or the fact that there are words of the same sound and different meanings". We all know them, and it's traditional to greet one with a groan no matter how good it is. Here the approach seems to be "pun = pretty much any sort play or words, no matter how far away from the original definition that gets". So we find many varieties of these, and even then there is evidence of padding in the form of printing some in over-large bold type.

However if you get past your disappointment on this score, you'll probably like this book. It's well arranged, contains a lot of new material (new to me at least) and has some interesting information about humorous wordsmiths down the ages. It's more of a dip-into-for-a-bit book rather than one to sit down and read through, and if you take it on its terms then it's very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Aug 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Puns 12 May 2014
By Darlene Gifford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book. And it encouraged me to start writing some puns of my own. "Coffee beans went in the grinder. His nagging wife, no one could find her."
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