The Smoking Pun: Crimes Against the Language

Thaddeus Taylor

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Synopsis: This collection of 44 puns, each accompanied by a funny illustration, analyzes in endnotes the origins, roots, prefixes, suffixes, and linguistic peculiarities of certain punned words. Tricky twists turn phrases such as "religiously ambivalent" into "either-or-thodox," and illuminating notes explain how such phrases as "no stone unturned" mutated from the darker "no bones unburned," which refers to the digging up and destroying of the bones of people posthumously convicted of heresy. Readers are also invited to submit their own puns using mail-in forms at the back of the book.

About the Author: Thaddeus Taylor is a songwriter and composer whose clients include R & D Thinktank, United Way, and Medical City–Dallas Hospital. He lives in San Antonio, Texas. Tom Nynas is a teacher of design and typography at Texas A&M–Commerce and his work has appeared in Communication Arts, Graphis Design Annual, and Graphis Logo. He lives in Dallas.

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Title: The Smoking Pun: Crimes Against the Language
Publisher: Cerebral Market 2006-09-01
Publication Date: 2006
Binding: Paperback
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Book Description Cerebral Market, 2006. Trade paperback. Nynas, Tom (illustrator). [2], 105, [5] p. Illustrations. This collection of 44 puns, each accompanied by a funny illustration, analyzes in endnotes the origins, roots, prefixes, suffixes, and linguistic peculiarities of certain punned words. Tricky twists turn phrases such as "religiously ambivalent" into "either-or-thodox, " and illuminating notes explain how such phrases as "no stone unturned" mutated from the darker "no bones unburned, " which refers to the digging up and destroying of the bones of people posthumously convicted of heresy. Readers are also invited to submit their own puns using mail-in forms at the back of the book. From Wikipedia: "The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play which suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. These ambiguities can arise from the intentional use and abuse of homophonic, homographic, metonymic, or metaphorical language. A pun differs from a malapropism in that a malapropism uses an incorrect expression that alludes to another (usually correct) expression, but a pun uses a correct expression that alludes to another (sometimes correct but more often absurdly humorous) expression. Henri Bergson defined a pun as a sentence or utterance in which "two different sets of ideas are expressed, and we are confronted with only one series of words". Puns may be regarded as in-jokes or idiomatic constructions, given that their usage and meaning are entirely local to a particular language and its culture. For example, camping is intense (in tents). Puns are used to create humor and sometimes require a large vocabulary to understand. Puns have long been used by comedy writers, such as William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and George Carlin. The Roman playwright Plautus is famous for his tendency to make up and change the meaning of words to create puns in Latin." Very good. Signed by previous owner. Sticker residue on back cover over barcode. Several give inscriptions throughout. First edition. First edition [stated]. Presumed first printing. Seller Inventory # 66733

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