Tuesday, February 8, 2011

QUICK LIT TREND OF THE WEEK! It's All About "Puns!" 2/6/11

This "literary trend" has humor, word play and often used as a punch line of a joke. Yes we are talking about "puns."

Puns-is a form of word playwhich suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. Puns are used to create humor
and sometimes require a large vocabulary to understand.

In literature puns were and are a standard rhetorical and poetic device in english literature. Puns and other forms of word play have been used by many famous writers such as William Shakespeare, who is estimated to have used over 3,000 puns in his plays.

Puns can be classified in various ways:

The homophonic pun, a common type, utilizes the exploitation of word pairs which sound alike (homophones) but are not synonymous.

A homographic pun exploits words which are spelled the same (homographs) but possess different meanings and sounds.

Homonymic puns, another common type, arise from the exploitation of words which are both homographs and homophones.

A compound pun is a statement that contains two or more puns.

*So create an interesting "pun" for your story today."

By: Literary Diva of Blogtalk Radio

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