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Quotations about Puns


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The goodness of the true pun is in the direct ratio of its intolerability.  ~Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia, 1849


A pun is a short quip followed by a long groan.  ~Author Unknown


A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.  ~Doug Larson


Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted.  ~Fred Allen


Puns are little "plays on words" that a certain breed of person loves to spring on you and then look at you in a certain self-satisfied way to indicate that he thinks that you must think that he is by far the cleverest person on Earth now that Benjamin Franklin is dead, when in fact what you are thinking is that if this person ever ends up in a lifeboat, the other passengers will hurl him overboard by the end of the first day even if they have plenty of food and water.  ~Dave Barry, Why Humor Is Funny


Punning is an art of harmonious jingling upon words, which passing in at the ears, and falling upon the diaphragma, excites a titillary motion in those parts, and this being conveyed by the animal spirits into the muscles of the face, raises the cockles of the heart. ~Jonathan Swift, "Ars Pun-ica, sive Flos Linguarum; The Art of Punning; or, The Flower of Languages"


A lurking pun is the worst pun, one the offender has been waiting to spring on you. ~Terri Guillemets


Life and language are alike sacred. Homicide and verbicide—that is, violent treatment of a word with fatal results to its legitimate meaning, which is its life—are alike forbidden. Manslaughter, which is the meaning of the one, is the same as man's laughter, which is the end of the other. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–1894), The Autocrat of the Breakfast-table


A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–1894), The Autocrat of the Breakfast-table


Punning is a virtue that most effectually promotes the end of good fellowship, which is laughing. ~Jonathan Swift, "Ars Pun-ica, sive Flos Linguarum; The Art of Punning; or, The Flower of Languages"


A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit.  It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.  ~Charles Lamb, "Popular Fallacies: That the Worst Puns are the Best," Last Essays of Elia, 1833


Rule 5. Any person may pun another man's puns about half an hour after he has made them, as Dr — and Mr — frequently do. I remember one day I was in company with them, and upon Major —'s saying, "That he would leave me the gout for a legacy;" I made answer, and told the company, "I should be sorry to have such a leg as he." They both snapped it up in their turns, and had as much applause for the pun as I had. ~Jonathan Swift, "Ars Pun-ica, sive Flos Linguarum; The Art of Punning; or, The Flower of Languages"


A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket. ~John Dennis, 1781


Rule 8. The Rule of Interruption. Although the company be engaged in a discourse of the most serious consequence, it is, and may be lawful to interrupt them with a pun. ~Jonathan Swift, "Ars Pun-ica, sive Flos Linguarum; The Art of Punning; or, The Flower of Languages"


Rule 11. The Rule of Repetition. You must never let a pun be lost, but repeat, and comment upon it, till every one in the company both hears and understands it. ~Jonathan Swift, "Ars Pun-ica, sive Flos Linguarum; The Art of Punning; or, The Flower of Languages"


A good pun is its own reword.  ~Author Unknown


Rule 21. The Rule of Concatenation, is making a string of puns as fast as you can, that no body else can put in a word 'till you have exhausted the subject. ~Jonathan Swift, "Ars Pun-ica, sive Flos Linguarum; The Art of Punning; or, The Flower of Languages"


People who make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks.  They amuse themselves and other children, but their little trick may upset a freight train of conversation for the sake of a battered witticism.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, 1858


Rule 25. The Etymological Rule, is when a man hunts a pun through every letter and syllable of a word... ~Jonathan Swift, "Ars Pun-ica, sive Flos Linguarum; The Art of Punning; or, The Flower of Languages"


If you trip over a pun in your speaking it's not so bad but to intentionally jump on one is a true offense. ~Terri Guillemets


I'm an incorrigible punster. Do not incorrige me. ~Author unknown


Puns are the gag hand buzzers of conversation. It hurts a bit but everyone gets a good laugh out of it. ~Terri Guillemets


In the pun, two strings of thought are tangled into one acoustic knot. ~Arthur Koestler


When one hears a pun, one feels as though one has been pushed over without one's consent. ~Terri Guillemets



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