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12/12/2005 12:28:56 PM · #1
Would an oxymoron coulnt as a visual pun? ie. Jumbo shrimp?

just looking for a little claification
12/12/2005 12:34:31 PM · #2
I'm guessing no...
12/12/2005 12:53:16 PM · #3
No, a pun is a play on the sounds of words, where an oxymoron is a contradiciton of two words.

Edit: Hey, DrAchoo, I think he called you an ox moron :-)

Message edited by author 2005-12-12 13:03:17.
12/12/2005 12:56:47 PM · #4
A pun is also not a literalism. I swear a hand with a teddy in it "bearhanded" is going to get a 1 from me.
12/12/2005 12:57:35 PM · #5
Yes, an oxymorin is a contradiction of two words which absolutely don't go together, i.e. black milk.
12/12/2005 01:06:46 PM · #6
Originally posted by mavrik:

A pun is also not a literalism. I swear a hand with a teddy in it "bearhanded" is going to get a 1 from me.

I don't understand that.
According to definitions, a pun is "A play on words. It exploits the multiple meanings of a word, or else replaces one word with another that is similar in sound but has a very different meaning."

So why isn't bare handed (bear handed) a perfect example of this?
12/12/2005 01:13:11 PM · #7
Puns can be subdivided into several varieties:

* Homographic puns are puns which exploit the difference in meanings of words which look alike (and usually sound alike).
For example: "Being in politics is just like playing golf: you are trapped in one bad lie after another." (Pun on the two meanings of lie - "a deliberate untruth"/"the position in which something rests").
* Homographic puns which exploit the difference in meanings of words which look alike but have different pronunciations are technically Heteronymic, though this distinction is disused.
For example: "Q: What instrument do fish like to play? A: A bass guitar." (Pun on the identical spelling of /beıs/ (low frequency), and /bæs/ (a kind of fish)).
* Homophonic puns are puns which exploit the difference in meanings of words which sound alike but have different spellings.
For example, "I've no idea how worms reproduce but you often find them in /pers/." (Pun on the identical pronunciation of "pears" and "pairs").
* Double-sound, where words which are similar but not identical are intentionally confused.
For example: "What do you call an inverse chicken? Poultry." (Pun on the similar-sounding "poultry" and "poetry" where "poetry" is derived from an alternative reading of "inverse" as two words, "in verse," alluding to poetry).

Message edited by author 2005-12-12 13:35:06.
12/12/2005 02:18:27 PM · #8
Originally posted by Beetle:

Originally posted by mavrik:

A pun is also not a literalism. I swear a hand with a teddy in it "bearhanded" is going to get a 1 from me.

I don't understand that.
According to definitions, a pun is "A play on words. It exploits the multiple meanings of a word, or else replaces one word with another that is similar in sound but has a very different meaning."

So why isn't bare handed (bear handed) a perfect example of this?


Anyone who'd throw a DNMTC lowball vote at "bear-handed" is WAY too anal about language trivia for this site :-)

R.
12/12/2005 03:41:20 PM · #9
Some folks are already taking all of the pun out of this challenge...

**I think Mav was joking about the "1" - I'm guessing
12/12/2005 03:57:11 PM · #10
Originally posted by bear_music:


Anyone who'd throw a DNMTC lowball vote at "bear-handed" is WAY too anal about language trivia for this site :-)

R.


Would that be a case of speaking out of the other side of your mouth?
12/12/2005 05:17:33 PM · #11
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

* Double-sound, where words which are similar but not identical are intentionally confused.
For example: "What do you call an inverse chicken? Poultry." (Pun on the similar-sounding "poultry" and "poetry" where "poetry" is derived from an alternative reading of "inverse" as two words, "in verse," alluding to poetry).


Very punny. :)
12/12/2005 05:30:33 PM · #12
Do daffynitions count?
eg Chiropractice - get ready for a trip to Egypt.
and - Senile - what to do when you get to Egypt!
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