- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: GOTHAM BOOKS; Reprint edition (3 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592406750
- ISBN-13: 978-1592406753
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Pun Also Rises : How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics Paperback – 3 May 2012
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-Ben Schott, author of "Schott's Original Miscellany"
"Anyone with an interest in language is going to find this book fascinating."
-David Crystal, author of "How Language Works"
"With his compelling narrative style, Pollack unearths hard evidence that the noble pun is much more than a literary step-child or linguistic anomaly. And as a practitioner of the art and artifice of wordplay himself, John naturally dedicates a bit of spice to peppering and assaulting us with a few subtle zingers of his zone."
-Gary Hallock, producer of the O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships
"In "The Pun Also Rises", John Pollack stirs the brain and tickles the funny bone with rewording insights into why the pun is dramatically rising in our culture, and illuminates with dazzling whiz and witdom how the pun has made us who we are today."
-Richard Lederer, International Punster of the Year and author of "Get Thee to a Punnery"
"A fun, cogent argument in favor of a dubious, often-damned art."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"The best books on language are the ones that encourage us to reexamine what we think we know, and "The Pun Also Rises" does exactly that."--"Boston Globe"
"He tells us, with a clarity unusual for the subject, how the mind works..."---P.J. O'Rourke, "The New York Times Book Review"
"Whether you are practicing punster, interested in language or just hungry to learn something on the beach this summer as you lie on the sand-which-is there (see what happens when you talk to this guy?), Pollack's book is fun and informative."--"Detroit Free Press"
"A compelling exegesis on what puns are and why they matter." The Los Angeles Times
"A fun, cogent argument in favor of a dubious, often-damned art." Kirkus Reviews
"He tells us, with a clarity unusual for the subject, how the mind works..." P.J. O'Rourke, The New York Times Book Review
"The best books on language are the ones that encourage us to reexamine what we think we know, and "The Pun Also Rises" does exactly that." Boston Globe
"Whether you are practicing punster, interested in language or just hungry to learn something on the beach this summer as you lie on the sand-which-is there (see what happens when you talk to this guy?), Pollack's book is fun and informative." Detroit Free Press"
About the Author
John Pollack, former presidential speechwriter, won the 1995 O. Henry World Championship Pun-Off. His previous books include Cork Boat and The World on a String: How to Become a Freelance Foreign Correspondent. He lives in New York City.
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The author maneuvers skillfully through history, displaying his maverick skills with wordplay. A jester to the end, he leaves us with stingers at the turn of every page. Simultaneously a skilled professional in repartee and a scholar of the intricacies of language, John proves why he has earned the title of Top Pun.
A little history
A little etymology
Just one point . I've been watching the History channel Ancient Aliens program and I have come to the conclusion that humans did not have a sense of humor or an imagination until sometime in the 1600s. I'm still working on the exact date though.
So any puns prior to the 1600s was the result of alien interaction with humans. This continues to be the reason so many humans don't find puns funny. And that's why aliens have turned to crop circles and probing humans.
I flew through this book that at times made me think deeply and at others, once again, made me laugh out loud. I highly recommend it to anyone who speaks. All the best, Al Lemerande Jr. M.D.