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G-Man
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One of my staffers is visiting London in May. Today she informed me that her itinerary would include Charles Dickens' house.

"It's very bleak, I believe," I replied.

Staffer groans, masking her amusement at my delightful pun.

"So you have greater expectations when it comes to punnery?" I asked.

"Please, no more!" begged staffer.

"So you don't identify with all of Dickens' protagonists," I observed.

Why is our defaut reaction to puns the condescending groan? Shouldn't a clever pun be rewarded by at least a muted acknowledgment of its wit?

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Don Malhumorado
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Yeah. But they weren't good puns. That was just a tale of two shittys.
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G-Man
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Ouch.
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TV's 'Mr P'
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You need the right company for a pun. They're great fun to bat back and forth with a buddy - but cut little ice in a professional environment, I can assure you.

You see, the pun is considered 'last resort' when writing funnies, not a 'real' gag at all and only for use when all else fails. (A notion I've always found a bit fascistic, even though I can see from where it's coming).

Example: in my days on television's NMTB, somebody referred to a song about chocolate (I forget which - perhaps 'Chocolate in the Box' by Bros??). I enquired whether said track had ever been 'covered by a rapper' - and was virtually booted out of the room for what had been a throwaway remark! Go figure.

Puns evoke very different reactions in different people. Perhaps we should get imp in on this? He seemed to be approaching a nervous breakdown over such things recently...

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It could be worse. It could be a sale of two titties.
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G-Man
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I must say, said staffer and I like to trade puns, especially in the company of another staffer over whose head they usually fly. Perhaps the groans are a reaction to noit having a good comeback.

I think the "rapper" pun is very funny, TVMP.

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die grosse linke Hand
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I have seen Milton Jones do a full stand up set, about 30 mins, which was all puns. It was brilliant, though pretty torturous.
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Duncan Gardner
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Cruciverbal pun:

Complaint? G-Men it is! (10)

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evilC
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Milton Jones is excellent!

Sample:

"I went home to my wife. I said 'Hi, hun, I'm home'. We don't use pet names - she's German."

[ 10.02.2006, 11:30: Message edited by: evilC ]

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what's his name, the number 10....
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The modern pun has fallen on hard times G man.
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Culchie Halfwit Alert
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Spooner's and Dickens' bust auction (4,2,3,6)
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Joe Public
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'Not so much adultery, more a lay of wife.'
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I love puns. I don't think I'd like a standup routine of them, because I like them more when they're spontaneous, in conversation.

My dad is good with puns. My mom hates them, but I always laugh.

Perversely, I like puns even better when they're not even that funny, but are told in a way that really sells the bad pun.

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I like unintentional puns that just spontaneously appear in conversation.
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My Dad's side of the family are masters of pun. Their favourite ones involve fish.
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