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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp. (25 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806510978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806510972
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As Oscar Levant said many years ago, "A pun is the lowest form of wit, especially if you didn't think of it first." In this lively collection you'll find a hilarious abundance of pun-ishment for the millions who can't resist giving a word or phrase a twist... and ammunition for many occasions from movie, TV and theatre wags; from the wits of Wall Street and Washington... the gems from poets and pundits and some of the bottom-of-the-barrel crumbs!

Golf is like taxes. You drive hard to get to the green and wind up in the hole.

A monastery in financial trouble decided to go into the fish-and-chips industry to raise revenues. One night a customer knocked on the door and a monk answered. "Are you the fishfriar?" the customer asked. "No," the robed figurereplied, "I'm the chipmonk."

The book also contains a PUNdix, a PUNabridged dictionary and a collection of the best... and worst... jokes in the world!

About the Author

Hope was in the forefront of the entertainment world for virtually his entire life. Primarily a comedian, he also acted, sang, and even danced, hosted his own radio and television shows, and starred in sixty movies. Bob Hope's dedication to and love for the American GI is legendary. He has received more than two thousand awards and citations for his humanitarian and professional efforts, and has been honored and befriended by every U.S. president since Franklin Roosevelt.


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While it is quite universally accepted that sarcasm constitutes the lowest form of wit, today the pun is often spoken of as if it were an immediate rival. Balderdash, I say!!! The pun-y fools who s-pun this web of lies, deserve to be pun-ished! These armchair pun-dits do not hap-pun to possess im-pun-ity, so somebody with a little s-pun-k had better be darn pun-ctual in dealing with the pun-ks- with all the pun-icious wrath of an ancient Pun-jabi warrior. Let us set about pun-cturing the figurative pun-net of their deceit! I'd certainly have no com-pun-ctions about o-pun-ly dishing out a series of pun-itive pun-ches (pun-ctuated only by a couple of pun-ctillious pun-ts up their pun-gent backsides)!

Anyhow, this is a very worthy exploration of the play on words. There's a fine Art to the pun and his surname is Moger! Having studied the pun in some depth, among other things he is in a position to reveal that 95% words in the English language can be incorporated into word-play (while the other 5% can be ex-pun-ged as im-pun-etrable). Just be warned that this book was published all the way back in 1991. Those who are hoping to accompany their afternoon tea with a 'current pun' may find themselves disappointed.

PS. What a howling shame that so many modern comedians favour potty-mouthed vocabulary over ingenuity of word-play. All we hear from certain popular comics is a tirade of effing and jeffing. These days, you'll even witness the S-word uttered on TV- before the watershed! What a terrible example for our youngsters! Anyone who fancies themself as a sophisticated humorist would do well to remember that "The pun is mightier than the S-word"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift 29 Dec. 2013
By Emmy - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this as a gift for my boyfriend who LOVES puns. I haven't given it to him yet but after reading through some of the pages I can say that it was a lot funnier than I expected (and I'm not the biggest pun fan sooo yeah!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Nov. 2014
By Rocket Scientist - Published on Amazon.com
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Some puns turn you off. No pun in ten did!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, perfect pocket-sized 4 Nov. 2013
By Courtney - Published on Amazon.com
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Got this book as a present for my boyfriend's 80-year-old dad. He loves it! He's quite the pun-master himself, and I think he enjoyed that he could open to any page and find a great one. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 May 2015
By Gordie - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book and shared its many hilarious puns with my husband until it mysteriously came up missing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Purchase 10 July 2014
By Ruth - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this as fun gift for my literature teacher and he loved it! Great for anyone who can pun without even thinking about it (like him). The perfect gift for a punner of any age
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