15. Puns

Posted: 2013 年 11 月 29 日 in Logology

Puns refer to using of a word in such a way so as to suggest two or more meanings or different associations, or the use of two or more words of the same or nearly the same sound with different meanings, so as to produce a humorous effect. It is said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them. By category, there are various types of puns.

  1. 同音同字:Never attack an octopus–they are always well-armed.

  2. 同音異字:Lion: You’re a cheater. Cheetah: You’re a liar.

  3. 字首異音:Most men find, in fact, that divorce is a matter of wife or debt.

  4. 字尾異音:Aerobics is a form of exercise invented to take our breadth away.

  5. 拆字分析:When Zeus banished him to Africa to hold up the heavens, his faithful girlfriend went with him sighing, “Atlas, we are alone!”

  6. 相近發音:A sign on the door of a music store: Gone Chopin. Bach in a minute.

  7. 對比單字Life is a near death experience.

  8. 相關單字:The first nudist convention received little coverage.

  9. 諺語Time is money, especially overtime.

Exercise: Please explain how the following puns result.

  1. At a maternity shop: Closed on Labor Day.

  2. On a plumber’s truck: We repair what your husband fix.

  3. At a New York restaurant: Customers who find our waitresses rude ought to see the manage.

  4. At a gynecologist’s office: Dr. Jones, at your cervix.

  5. At a dental office: Be true to your teeth, or they will be false to you.

  6. The thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

  7. A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.

  8. Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

  9. To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

  10. The advantage of speaking another language is you can talk behind someone’s back right in front of their face.




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