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This tag is for questions about paronomasia: a form of word play that suggests two or more meanings

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What pun is intended in this sentence?

I was reading a technical article and came across the "pun intended" part. I'm not sure what the pun is in this excerpt. What pun is intended in the sentence in bold? Being at least 27 ...
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The word play in The Association song Along Comes Mary

Does the phrase “Sweet as a punch” in the context of this song mean sweet as a drink AND “pleasant” as a strike with the fist? Do I understand the word play in Along Comes Mary by The Association ...
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Merchant of Venice “I'll die for't a women had the ring” (Shakespeare, 5.1, 221)

Portia has the ring but Bassanio believes that he had given the ring to a male. Portia says "I'll die for't a women had the ring"(Shakespeare, 5.1, 221), which is funny as it really is a ...
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Does the phrase “a dragging experience” make any sense?

I am trying to come up with a pun for a specific situation. In a playground, there is a kid sitting down at the edge of a merry-go-round with his legs sticking out touching the ground. While it spins ...
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“The writing is on the wall for the wall itself.” Does the word-play work?

I know the idiom "the (hand)writing on the wall", so I make the sentence. However, I'm not sure.
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What does the meme “proof you can be a fruit and a vegetable” mean?

I saw a rather offensive meme, and for that reason I will not post the picture here. If you want to see it, just google the quote in the title. I'll just explain it here. It's a picture of one or ...
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What is the pun of “If I could keep my Gmail account, I’d be okay with that.”

The following is from the sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" Leonard: My point is, immortality is not only a possibility, it is real. Raj: Only if you’re this jellyfish which periodically reverts ...
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What do “due date” and “do date” mean?

I want to ask about the meaning of a sentence. What does it mean? If it's not the due date, it's not a do date.
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sea otter pun - please help

On 10 December 2019, @MontereyAq tweeted the following sea otter pun: "sea otters imply the existence of land better-nots". The twitter account of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is famous for its way-out ...
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What is the pun that is intended in this sentence?

I read this in Word by Word by Kory Stamper: Teachers will write in and angrily ask how they can possibly teach their students proper grammar and punctuation if the dictionary can be bothered to ...
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What is the meaning of “objectively better” in this sentence

I read a sentence in Word by Word by Kory Stamper which was: If you ask a modern adherent to this rule why, exactly, you aren't supposed to end a sentence with a preposition, they merely goggle at ...
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Is this a good pun?

In the following, "the sons raise meat" sounds the same as "the sun's rays meet." But is this a good pun? The "because" makes sense only with the hidden meaning "the sun's rays meet." (I don't see ...
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How is this a bad pun?

Can someone explain to me how this second sentence is a bad pun? “More wings?” “Yeah, but just the medium ones this time. I’m not too hot on the honey barbecue kind.” “Bad pun penalty,” I didn't ...
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What does “If you were a chicken, you would be impeccable”

I found this in pickup lines but I am not sure what exactly means , I was looking in the net but could not find exact definition or synonym? Can you help me with the meaning usage of this?
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she kicked me right in the teeth. Is there a pun in this phrase?

dialogue of an NPC in the game. I ran forward into the crowd, yelling for them to stop, but… I… I tripped and fell in the mud. I looked up and saw the face of a kindly grandmother. I reached for ...
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What do these puns mean?

I have puns that I don't get it and actually need them for translating an essay. Can anyone help me, please? “Have you heard about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now.” and ...
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What is the meaning of Stacy words about her lover Patrick character?

Stacy: He must have used the costumes to make real monsters, which implies He needs the costumes to make the monsters, which implies He already had a Ghost costume somehow, which implies Patrick'...
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Help understanding these cake puns from a CNN Student News video

The paragraph below is cited from November 10th, starting at 9:39. Here is the transcript. Some might say it looks a little un-oven, or that its expression's a little frosty. But it's a cake artist'...
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About “Some Like It Bot”

This article has a strange title: Some Like It Bot Algorithms are getting better at entertaining us. Artificial intelligence has captured the rhythm of science fiction. For example, the ...
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“A boiled egg in the morning is really hard to beat” - explain the pun please

It's from The Last of Us video game: A boiled egg in the morning is really hard to beat. I don't get it. Here are more puns if somebody is interested. I managed to understand the rest of them ...
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I watched a TV talk show headlined “The tank hits hot topics”,and what does the word “tank” mean?

I've just watched a TV talk show with a headline of “The tank hits hot topics”,and I guess it might be a shorter form of "think tank"? If it was, is such a shorter form of "think tank" acceptable and ...
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What's up with the “pun (not) intended” thing?

Whenever I read a carefully composed English text with a pun in it, the stated "pun" is always followed by an explanation whether or not it was intended. Why is that? Where I come from (the Czech ...
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Now we're only a nip and tuck away

Please explain the title of the following image: I know that tuck away is an idiom and may have a literal or figurative meaning. I also understand that according to The Free Dictionary, definition #...
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What is the meaning of “local” in the sentence, “Local wolf girl goes Awoo”?

I saw an image that I'm going to ask on some humor posting page, like below: I searched the meaning of sentence "Local wolf girl goes Awoo", and found that "go" is meaning "bark" when using with ...
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Can someone kindly explain to me the pun in this advert?

I barely understood what "deez nutz" means something to say to annoy or frustrate something. Source It sounds like the advert is telling us more than that, link is below https://www.youtube.com/...
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“The first time I met my wife I knew she was a keeper. She was wearing massive gloves” - Alun Cochrane

What is the pun in this joke "The first time I met my wife I knew she was a keeper. She was wearing massive gloves" by Alun Cochrane
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What's the pun in "Clowns divorce. Custardy battle.”?

What is the pun in this joke? Clowns divorce. Custardy battle by Simon Munnery
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Is pun objectionable?

I have often heard people say "pun intended" or "pun not intended" and thought nothing of it at the time. However, last week, someone said "excuse the pun". And that got me thinking. The play on words ...
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Is this funny or correct or…; [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. Yet, I make up "punish" proverbs while sleeping. Here is one: "Who exists exits." Don't hesitate, tell me the truth. Application for reopening; Edited (I had ...
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Is there a specific name for manipulating English language this way

Few days ago a football player named Harry Kane showed great performance, next day the newspaper posted "Hurricane beats Arsenal" Everyday I pass by a money/cash/loans shop that shows an advert "YOU ...
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Meaning in context: Old men like me don't bother with making points. There's no point

The following dialog is taken from the movie The.Matrix.Reloaded.2003: Councillor: ...What is control? Neo: If we wanted, we could shut these machines down. Councillor: Of course. That's ...