did they put a fence around the graveyard?
A riddle in which a fanciful question is answered by a pun.
A problem admitting of no satisfactory solution.
Because people are dying to get in.
The verbal exchange set forth above, in my book, isn't really
a pun at all but merely taking hyperbole literally. Worn-out hyperbole,
in this case. So banal as not qualified for grade-school snickering.
Not all puns are to be despised, though.
It is habitual pun-makers I have trouble liking -- those
inveterate bores, of which I seem to meet at least one per decade.
They cultivate an obnoxious practice: glomming onto a juicy thought you
have just expressed about battling some insoluble problem, say -- interrupting
to do so and therefore adding insult to injury -- then smirking and blurting
an irrelevancy of the form, "I guess you could say that's like banging
the conundrum slowly." I have a record of throwing punsters out of
my house. You may confirm that with any of my most recent ex-wives.
People like that deserve to be punished (no pun intended).
No wonder puns are widely regarded as the lowest form of wit. Wit,
not humor. The word came from a Latin expression meaning pricked
hole. Even so, once in a while, an exquisite groaner
comes along, applies multiple malapropisms, and knocks me out...
Visitors to a zoo complained about the dolphins,
which engaged in reproductive activities during matinees. The zookeeper
tried spraying them with cold water, to no avail. Throwing fish into
their tank only acted as an aphrodisiac. He hit upon an idea and
ran to the aviary, from which he obtained a couple of seagulls. The
zookeeper knew that the lions would be snoozing and took a shortcut through
their den back to the dolphin tank. He threw in the seagulls and
the dolphins were distracted at once. The zookeeper was happy until
the police arrested him. What was the charge?
The nineties have just passed and I know this decade's punster
is lurking somewhere out there, waiting to pounce. One thing for
sure, there's no pun based on conundrum that I want to hear.
Transporting gulls across sedate lions for immoral