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on 30 May 2012
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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on 4 May 2012
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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on 25 October 2015
Pretty mediocre. Feels like some notes from Wikipedia written up to make a book. No way this would be published on paper.
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on 1 August 2014
great!
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