An Introduction to Puns

December 3, 2015
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Well, puns are fun – but they are also a good indicator of your grasp in the English language mainly because it challenges your vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Plus, you need a good understanding of pop culture and colloquial English to really enjoy puns.

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What are puns?!

Well, first, let me give you an example of really simple ones.

Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was brilliant!

Being struck by lightning is really a shocking experience!

A pessimist’s blood type is always B-negative.

By definition, puns are ‘a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings’

So, to break it down, puns are:

  1. A joke (jenaka)
  2. Exploiting the different possible meanings of a word (main-main dengan perkataan yang ada lebih daripada 1 maksud)
  3. Or words that sound alike but have different meanings (perkataan yang bunyi sama tapi mempunyai maksud berbeza)

So, simply put, a ‘pun’ is:

Satu jenaka yang bermain dengan kata-kata, sama ada satu perkataan yang banyak maksud atau perkataan yang bunyi sama, tapi maksud berbeza.

Okay let’s explain a few puns..

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See, the fan said ‘I’m a huge metal fan‘, which is true, because a ‘metal fan’ is kipas besi. The guy said me too because he is also a huge metal fan (peminat besar musik metal). ‘Fan’ boleh dua maksud, peminat dan kipas!

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Same concept as above ;)

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Water falls. Get it???

Water…

Fall…

Hehe.

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‘hoarse’ = untuk describe orang yang suara kasar, selalunya sebab sakit tekak.

It sounds like ‘horse’! ;)

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LOL.

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It’s alright if you can’t understand them in the beginning. Just keep exposing yourself to these kinds of jokes. You’ll be alright.

Lagipun, pun je pun.