Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The practice of making puns.
- Given to making puns; exhibiting a pun or play on words: as, a punning reply.
- v. present participle of pun.
- n. The action of the verb to pun.
- adj. That which makes or uses a pun.
- n. a humorous play on words
“I would ban anyone who engages in punning like this.”
“It was frustrated ancient scribes who first realized the limitations of literal pictographs and began decoupling and recombining sounds, symbols and meanings—in short, punning—to invent history's first true alphabet.”
“She must avoid frequent attempts at wit; avoid punning, which is the cheapest possible form of wit; and avoid sarcasm.”
“He's recovering well and punning, which is the true measure of his recovery.”
“Headline writers are often given to paronomasia (which they would probably call punning, as paronomasia, which would not fit into most headlines, is not in their vocabulary).”
“I at once looked on the figure of the animal as a kind of punning or hieroglyphical signature.”
“I at once looked upon the figure of the animal as a kind of punning or hieroglyphical signature.”
“You bet she would, I thought: for, with a flash of that outrageous inward punning which is too swift for the reason to control, I had had, absurdly enough, a tantalising vision of the curtain going up on Scheherazade.”
“Lamb considered them to be a kind of punning, but in one case the same position, in the other the same signification is given to words of the same sound.”
“The exile felt himself all out of joint with his surroundings, and so he called the little child that came to him 'Gershom,' which, according to one explanation, means 'banishment,' and, according to another (a kind of punning etymology), means 'a stranger here '; in the other case expressing the same sense of homelessness and want of harmony with his surroundings.”
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