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  • Sannya

    June 6, 2023 at 7:45 pm
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    A pun is a figure of speech, a witty and humorous use of a word or phrase having more than one meaning or of sounding alike words with different meanings. An intriguing figure of speech that requires an intellectual and witty mind to create unique puns.

    Different kinds of puns such as:

    1) Homophonic puns – The puns that use words with homophonic nature i.e. words sounding similar but having distinctly different meanings and spellings and the punchline resides in them.

    Example – “A bicycle can’t stand on it’s own because it is two-tired”. (two-tired homophonic to too tired).

    2) Homographic puns – Identical spellings but different meanings and pronounciation.

    Example – “My friend said, he will sell me a remote cell.” (“sell” and “cell”).

    3) Homonymic puns – It involves words which are spelled and sounds the same, yet has different meanings.

    Example – “I used to be a banker but I lost interest.” (pun is interest).

    4) Compund puns – Two punny words in one statement to blend the meanings and create a humourous pun.

    Example – i. “I’m not scared of insects but they really bug me.” (“scared” and “bug”).

    ii. “Why did the clown hold the door open for everyone? He made a nice jester.” (“clown” and “jester”).

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