PUN , a
See also:play upon words, particularly the use of a word in two or more different applications or of two or more words similar in sound but with different meanings by which a humorous or ludicrous effect is produced; thus
See also:Charles I.'s
See also:Jester is said to have made the punning
See also:grace "
See also:great praise be to
See also:God and little Laud to the devil " for which the archbishop dismissed him from his service . Another famous pun was that upon The
See also:Opera, which " made Gay
See also:rich and Rich gay."
See also:Hood was the
See also:king of pun-makers . " They went and told the
See also:sexton, and the sexton
See also:toll'd the
See also:bell " (" Sally
See also:Brown "1 is one example among the innumerable puns with which his poems are filled . The derivation of the word is not known . It first appears in the second
See also:half of the 1 7th century .
See also:Skeat (Etym . Did., 1898) identifies it with an obsolete and dialectal variant of " pound," to
See also:beat in the sense of " to pound words, to beat them into new senses, to
See also:hammer at forced similes" The New
See also:Dictionary considers it was probably one of the shortened words, like "
See also:mob," " cit," &c., which were
See also:common in
See also:slang after the Restoration . In R . L'Estrange, Counsellor
See also:Manners's Last
See also:Legacy (1676), " pun " is found with punnet, pundigrion and quibble, " of which fifteen will not make up one single jest." Possibly these may be all referred to " punctilio" (It. puntiglio, dim. of punto, point,
See also:Lat. punctum), a small,
See also:fine point, a cavil or quibble . No
See also:historical connexion, however, has been found between the words .
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