Thursday, November 08, 2007

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Abet and Aid Punsters Day: Nov 8

In Italian, 'puntiglio' means "a fine point," hence a verbal quibble, and is most likely the source of the English "punctilious." There developed in late 17th- and early 18th- century England a short-lived, fanciful word "pundigrion," which indeed was a term for what we now know as a pun. Since snappy monosyllables produced by breaking off pieces of longer words were all the rage back then, it is widely thought that this is how and where the word "pun" was created.

A pun is defined by Webster as "the humorous use of a word, or of words which are formed or sounded alike but have different meanings, in such a way as to play on two or more of the possible applications; a play on words."

In describing the various forms of verbal humor, The New Encyclopaedia Britannica refers to a pun as "two disparate strings of thought tied together by an acoustic knot." That analogy strikes a very pleasant cord !

Check Out a Website & Books @ Burbank Public Library

~ British Puns @

~ Photoblog Celebrating the Pun @

~ Pun Of The Day @

~ O. Henry Pun Off (May in Texas) @

Alphaboat by Michael Chesworth - JP CHESW
~ Rhyming text tells the story of the letters of the alphabet sailing off to look for a buried treasure.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002

Punished ! by David Lubar - J LUBAR
~ Logan, caught playing tag in the library, a mysterious man punishes him by causing him to speak in puns.
Darby Creek Pub, 2006

I Can't Tell You by Hillary Frank
~ Jake communicates only through notes & letters; his silence & penchant for puns gets in the way when he wants to tell a girl how he feels about her.
Graphia, 2004

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