– A pun is a form of word play that suggests several meanings, by either exploiting the multiple meanings of a word, or substituting a word for another similar sounding word, the result of which is humorous.
– A pun is also known as paronomasia.
– There are two main types of puns:
(a) Homophonic puns
This is where a word is substituted for another similar sounding word or word pronounced almost in the same way .
Fishermen are reel men.
Explanation: There is a twist on the word ‘reel’ which is originally supposed to be spelt ‘real’.
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(b) Homographic puns
– A homographic pun is formed by using a word that has multiple meanings. You might not tell what exactly what the speaker means.
Rose is the flower of my life.
Explanation: The word ‘Rose’ is a female name. it could be the person the speaker loves. It is also a type of flower.
– Puns are characterized by:
- They are short
- They are humorous
Functions of Puns
- Teaching pronunciation. For example, homophones
- Enhancing creativity. One has to think in order to form their puns
- Entertaining. When said one wonders what the speaker intends, the audience will laugh