Homage to Catatonia

A Loving Catalog of Orphaned Ideas.

Month: May, 2013

Quotations About Puns

When the ambiguity in a sentence can be isolated to one word, then we have a pun: for example, “Australians are the finest people in the world because they are chosen by the best judges in England.” —I.G. Kelly

It is clearly important to play with language in order to test its powers. We need to play before being, while being, or after being, serious. As much as anything else, a pun is language on vacation. —Walter Redfern

A juggler is a wit in things. A wit is a juggler in ideas—and a punster is a juggler in words.
—Jackson of Exeter, The Four Ages

You know, puns have always been considered a low form of wit, but I find them a source of stimulation both because of their actual sound and because of the unexpected meanings attached to the interrelationships of disparate words. For me, this is an infinite field of joy—and it’s always right at hand. —Marcel Duchamp

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Isolated Moments

What she liked best about the apartment was the fact that it was next to a little restaurant and she could hear the clinking of dishes whenever she liked.

It seemed to her that the waitress was refilling his glass of water with flirtatious frequency.

He said: “With you it’s always ‘never’!”
“No, you’re exaggerating,” she replied. “It’s just never ‘always.'”

The little girl looked up at her mother and said, “A roof is a lid, right?”