Puns are great examples of every day creativity. Checking on its meaning, I learned that
‘ Pun (also called paronomasia) is a play on words or the humorous use of a word emphasizing a different meaning or application. They have been called by some “the lowest form of humor” ‘.
A Sniffy Attitude
This rather sniffy attitude has not prevented the survival of puns to the present day from its 18th century critics. I started collecting puns from Twitter some months ago and discovered a disproportionate number were being produced by a few punsters. One such goes under the Twitter label TollyTB who describes himself as
a bacon, butty munching ex-rugby player older than the pyramids application order. He adds that oval balls are harder to juggle.
A Conversation with a Master Punster
I’ve recently found myself in Twitter conversation with Tolly after the following tweet
I once invented a new microphone , but I received some really bad feedback.
One of your top tweets. Do you make then up, or pass them on?
Some are my own, but as with many jokes, there’s a large amount of rehashed ones.
Bonus point for honest answer. Do you do standup?
I occasionally stand up, but prefer to lounge on the sofa.
Thought I could squeeze another out of you. How about a rugby one after the weekend’s fantasy matches?
Pen rugby club v Crayola Rugby club. Result: A draw.
Twitter can be a mirthless medium. We need a few more punsters like Tolly TB to get the groan content a little higher.
[To be continued, here and maybe on Twitter