A Beginner’s Guide To Being Punny

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A Beginner’s Guide To Being “Punny”

Did you know the word “pun,” is derived from the word paronomasia, a form of word play which suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of a word, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. This type of witty wordplay usually elicits groans - but nearly everyone can derive a bit of guilty pleasure from the joke whether or not they really want to or not.  Here we will offer up a guide on puns that are so cringe-worthy… they’re punny.

How To Pose A Pun
*Be quick with your timing and delivery – brevity is key
*Keep it familiar – don’t use proper names and stick to a topic that everyone around you will be able to relate to
*When in doubt, err on the side of too much wordplay.  You want to make sure to catch everyone’s attention and not muddle the amazing pun you are making!

Homographic Puns
Words that are pronounced the same as other words but differ in meaning.

*Corduroy pillows are making headlines.
*Did you hear about the optometrist who fell into a lens grinder and made a spectacle of himself?

Words to help you get started:
agape: with mouth open / love
bass: type of fish / low deep voice
bow: type of knot or weapon / to incline
close : nearby / to shut
contract: a legal document / to become affected with
desert: to abandon / an arid desert
does: female deers / to do
dove: a bird / to plunge into water or an activity
entrance: the way in / to delight
lead: an insulated electrical conductor - to guide or direct/ an element
learned: past tense of learn / knowledgeable
live: to be alive / to broadcast at the time of production
minute: tiny / unit of time
moped: to gloomy / motorcyle
number: no feeling due to medication / numerical value
polish: to shine / somebody from Poland
produce - to make something / farm crops
project - to speak loudly / a task
read: present tense reading / past tense reading
record: a written account / to write down or make a music album
resume - start again / job history
row: an argument / propel a boat or a line of objects
sewer: drain / person who sews
sow : a female pig / to plant seed
tear: to rip up / a drop from the eye
wind: movement of air / to twist
wound - past tense of to wind / to injure 

Homophonic Puns
Words that share the same written form or sound as other words but have a different meaning.

*Seven days without laughter makes one weak.
*Larry: Hey Jeff, wanna play tennis tonight?
Jeff: Nah, can’t. I’ve got a weak back.
Larry: Really? When did you get it?
Jeff: About a week back.

Words to help you get started:
dual / duel
gene's / jeans
minor / miner
tease / tees
whole / hole
whirled / world
sail / sale
guest / guessed
bolder / boulder
flour / flower
shake / sheik
 doe's / doze
hoarse / horse
foul / fowl
tacks / tax
eight / ate
wine / whine
raise / rays
tied / tide
cent / scent
booze / boos
vain / vein
 finnish / finish
 sun's / sons

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