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More mid-week puns …

See what happens when I put something out like the item with puns last week and you don’t complain? Now you are stuck with more of my humor.

Remember, when fish are in schools, sometimes they take debate.

 

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The very clever and talented John Atkinson is one of our fellow bloggers.

 

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Some puns for mid-week (with a P.S.)

Since so many of you have commented favorably on my Weekend Funnies, I thought I might tender forth some fresh humor in the form of double entendre. In view of my previous experience editing and writing for men’s magazines, you might call these punography.

When I was in high school more than one teacher described puns as “the lowest form of humor.” With the benefit of more than 60 years of hindsight, I would beg to differ. I think they are a very high form of humor. It has been my experience that the people who enjoy and use puns are, in fact, some of the most intelligent ones I know. So you can draw your own conclusions if you don’t like them.

For the record, Wikipedia says, “The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play that exploits multiple meanings of a term, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect….”

I like this reference from the same article, “Non-humorous puns were and are a standard poetic device in English literature. Puns and other forms of wordplay have been used by many famous writers, such as Alexander Pope,[19] James Joyce,[20] Vladimir Nabokov,[21] Robert Bloch,[22] Lewis Carroll,[23] John Donne,[24] and William Shakespeare, who is estimated to have used over 3,000 puns in his plays.

So, now that you know all about them, here they are:

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PS I just learned that today is World Mental Health Day. Coinciding with my first Puns for mid-week – a coincidence? I think not.

 

Enjoy!

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Tony

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Can Laughter Make Our Lives Better?

I think part of living a long and healthy life includes a good amount of humor. At least that certainly is true in my case. Here is a study on various aspects of humor in different situations.

Researchers report humor can be good in certain situation, but its effectiveness depends on your end goals.

Why do humorous dating profiles get more right swipes? Can being funny help solve problems? Is laughter really the best medicine?

Humor and the “good life” seem to go hand-in-hand. Funny people seem to move effortlessly through the world. Business articles and gurus prescribe humor as a key to effective workplace performance. The website for the African country of Eritrea even describes humor as “a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.”

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Humor appreciation does not always improve utilitarian outcomes, such as decision-making or health.

“Humor, Comedy and Consumer Behavior,” a paper by Caleb Warren, assistant professor of marketing in the UA Eller College of Management; Adam Barsky of the University of Melbourne; and A. Peter McGraw of the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business, looks beyond advertising to highlight how and when humor helps people reach their goals. Continue reading

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