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  1. sara88's Avatar

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    a pun

    Hello
    A pun is a ‘play on words’ – as you know, many words in English have two meanings (or more!) and when we say something that makes sense with both meanings, it’s called a pun and this can sometimes be quite funny. Here is another example of a joke based on a ‘pun’ to explain what I mean: “When the TV repairman got married the reception was excellent.” Here the pun is ‘reception’. You can read the sentence two ways because ‘reception’ has two meanings:

    1) Reception to do with a TV – if a TV has bad reception it means the picture isn’t clear. If there is excellent reception then you can see the picture perfectly. (you can also use this reception to talk about your mobile phone)

    2) Reception to do with a marriage – after a wedding ceremony, many people in the UK and other countries have a party with food and music. This is called the reception.


    Please could you give more examples to this PUN?
    THANKS IN ADVANCE.
    SARA

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    Re: a pun

    The man who worked in the orange juice factory couldn't concentrate. They had to can him.

    A: What did the fish say when it ran into a cement wall?
    B: Dam!

    Note that puns are often based on how a word SOUNDS, not only words that are spelled the same way with different meanings.

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    Re: a pun

    Thanks barb for your contribution but could you please explain the two examples you gave. I'm still not sure I get them!

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    Re: a pun

    Concentrate: Think hard
    Concentrate: The stuff you mix with water to make into juice.

    Can: Fire from employment
    Can: Metal container, or place into such a metal container

    Dam: A barrier to keep back water
    Damn: An explative.

    I think when you are able to understand puns and think they are funny, you have truly mastered the language.

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    Re: a pun

    Once a King, always a king,
    but once a knight is enough!

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    Re: a pun

    Explain it please!

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    #7

    Re: a pun

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Explain it please!

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    Re: a pun


    ok guys!! who want to voluntear and explain it in the behalf of Sudhkamp???!


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    #9

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    knight/night

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    Re: a pun

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    knight/night
    So the syntax of the pun extends to the "once". In "once a king" the "once" is a subordinating conjunction, in "once a night" it is a pronoun [="on one occasion and no more"] introducing an adverbial phrase.

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