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    fishmonger/ ironmonger/ warmonger

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion about the following sentence I have read recently?

    A fishmonger is the man who mongs fish; the ironmonger and warmonger do the same with iron and war; they just mong them. (George Mikes, “How to be an Alien”)

    May I see it as an ironical pun?

    V.

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    Re: fishmonger/ ironmonger/ warmonger

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion about the following sentence I have read recently?

    A fishmonger is the man who mongs fish; the ironmonger and warmonger do the same with iron and war; they just mong them. (George Mikes, “How to be an Alien”)

    May I see it as an ironical pun?

    V.
    It is neither ironical nor punning. It is deliberate mis-use of language for humorous effect.

    If you were to speak of starving men in the hot desert fighting over scraps of food because of a warm (h)unger, that would be a pun.

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