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Some people may dismiss puns as the lowest form of humor But this attitude is a relatively recent development in the sweep of history In The Pun Also Rises John Pollack a former. Lots of stuff going on here There were historical anecdotes about punning through the ages and its varying cultural import; some pop science tidbits about how the brain processes language generally and puns specifically; a few miscellaneous personal stories the best is the one about the pun competition at the beginning; and a ton of shameless unapologetic wholly gratuitous thoroughly amazing puns My favorite from a passage about the alphabet Yes the Romans would later modify the Greek system But conceptually these refinements were the euivalent of hitting linguistic singles and nothing compared to the Greeks' original homerActually that passage contained the book's most interesting assertion that puns were partially responsible for the development of written language To get there we have to allow for a pretty broad definition of pun; Pollack includes other kinds of wordplay like portmanteaux and spoonerisms and eventually veers into discussing Duchamp's Fountain the FedEx logo and emoticons Essentially he uses puns as a stand in for ambiguity and then claims that helped bridge the gap between representational systems like hieroglyphics and cuneiform to alphabetic systems like Greek To which I said sureThe book did occasionally come off bit defensive Shakespeare used puns advertising uses puns puns are important etc which is understandable given their current reputation as a low form of humor I see the same thing in writing about video games all the time The apologetics were probably unnecessary though; you have to figure that the kinds of people who would even pick up a book called The Pun Also Rises are a self selecting audience

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Presidential Speechwriter for Bill Clinton and winner of the world pun championship explains how punning revolutionized language and made possible the rise of modern civilization. John Pollack prefaces his exploration of puns with his experience at the world pun championship This was the most intense part of his book The Pun Also Rises How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language Changed History and Made Wordplay More than Some Antics The rest of the book ranged from snoozy to informative and mildly entertainingThe book is just riddled with puns It cries out for groans of appreciation Over and over You must appreciate puns to get the most out of Pollack’s writing He slides puns into every paragraph whether he’s talking about brain chemistry or England in the Middle AgesHe name checks Shakespeare of course But he also tells stories of history’s unknown punsters focusing especially on times the pun was ascendant Every variation in the punning world is explained from visual to homophonic and homographic Pollack leaves no stone unturnedMy conclusionsI’m both a reader and a writer I like learning about language although the book wasn’t on the top of my list by any stretch Another member of my postal book club suggested it And after learning everything about lexicography in last year’s selection we all thought this would be an interesting addition to our knowledge baseDespite a few flaws I liked this book Pollack is wordy since he pushes puns into every topic The Pun Also Rises suffers from the dreaded mid book slump Although it’s only 150 pages long the middle third was slow and ploddingAnd I’m not sure I buy Pollack’s theory that puns drove the course of human history Just because they have survived doesn’t mean they made history happen That’s like saying insects are the reason humans accomplish anything Insects survive cataclysm but they don’t execute the rebuilding Neither do punsBut puns make life enjoyable The wink wink nudge nudge of language used effectively is a beautiful thing If you love the English language or want to learn about this aspect of it grab a copy of Pollack’s book and dive inFor reviews of the books I'm reading visit my book blog TheBibliophagecom

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Integrating evidence from history pop culture literature comedy science business and everyday life this book will make readers reconsider everything they think they know about pun. I was very disappointed What little history Pollack could scape together was mostly used to set up unimpressive puns The writing was mostly dull and the author seemed much impressed with himself than I was The best part was his account of the national punning competition at the beginning of the book An entire volume dedicated to that event would have been a much better read Les bonnes saveurs - Crêpes et beignets evidence CROQUES GAUFRES ET PANINIS from Les Recettes de Crêpes et de Galettes history Authentiques crêpes bretonnes (Loisirs) pop Faites sauter les crepes culture 100 recettes de crêpes et gaufres literature Pancakes sucrés et salés des Pancake Sisters comedy CREPES et GALETTES-RECETTES D'OR-Nlle Edition 2euros science JE REUSSIS MES CREPES ET GALETTES business Fête des crêpes ! and Gaufres - nouvelles variations gourmandes everyday Gaufres sucrées et salées (Nouvelles variations gourmandes) life 100 recettes de crêpes et gaufres (Carrément cuisine) this Crêpes & galettes pour toutes les occasions : Bretons en cuisine book Authentiques crêpes bretonnes will Dora fait des crêpes make Crêpes-party readers Crêpes et galettes - Les meilleures recettes reconsider Pancakes, Crêpes & Blinis everything Craquez pour les gaufres ! : Sucrées ou salées au doux parfum d'enfance they Le tour du monde des crêpes think Crêpes & co. they Crêpes, pains perdus et autres gouters know Le livre des crêpes about CREPES ET GALETTES (Poche) pun. MAXI-GAUFRES COMME FETE FORAIN I Crêpes party en 4 ingrédients was CREPES GALETTES BLINIS & PANCAKES very CREPES ET GALETTES disappointed Crêpes gauffres et galettes What Crêpes, gaufres et autres little PATE A CHOUX history Crêpes et gaufres : 100 recettes incoutournables Pollack Avoine divine, 44 recettes de santé : pains du monde, brioches, crêpes, gaufres pancakes, porridges, barres, lait, yaourt could Craquez pour les gaufres ! (Craquez...) scape Crepes, Galettes & Compagnie together les crêpes de Sophie was Coffret Happy gaufres: 30 recettes sucrées et salées à réaliser sans gaufrier mostly 51 facons de faire des crêpes used CROQUES & GAUFRES PARTY to Trop bon ! Les crêpes et galettes set Petit livre des crêpes salées et sucrées up Crêpes unimpressive Crêpes et galettes pour les nullissimes puns CRÊPES & GALETTES: Plus de 100 recettes de France et d'ailleurs The Crêpes et gauffres writing Crêpes, pancakes, blinis.... was Pains perdus mostly Crêpes, gaufres et beignets dull Recette Crêpe: Recettes crêpes salées and Petite anthologie des crêpes et galettes the BEIGNETS. CREPES. GAUFRES. SALES ET SUCRES. VIEILLES RECETTES DE NOS VILLAGES author Beignets et gaufres seemed Pancakes sucrés et salés des Pancake Sisters (Les Délices de Solar) much Crêpes et galettes : Trucs, astuces et tours de main Crêpes, blinis et pancakes impressed Crêpes et Galettes de Bretagne with On peut changer le monde en vendant des crêpes et des ballons: La révolution Téléthon himself O les bonnes crêpes ! : Crêpes, pancakes, blinis sucrés ou salés than Je réussis sorbets et glaces bio : 30 recettes pour les 4 saisons I Amour givré, copines cinglées et crèmes glacées: L.A. Liaisons, T1 was L'école de cuisine italienne : Glaces The Glaces & sorbets best Recettes à la sorbetière part 500 glaces et sorbets was Glaces et Sorbets Carnet Thermomix TM5 his Glaces et sorbets account Le Journal de Dylane V 04 Sandwich a la Creme Glacee of Glaces a l'italienne the Glaces et sorbets national Le Petit livre de Glaces, sorbets & Co punning Panna cotta competition Faites vos glaces et votre confiserie comme Lenôtre at Coffret Star Wars : Sabre Glacé the Une Creme Glacee A Partager beginning Glaces, sorbets et granités of Bâtonnets glacés the Glaces et sorbets bio book Glaces sans sorbetière : En 4 ingrédients An La merveilleuse boutique de crèmes glacées de viviane entire Sorbets et glaces volume 100 recettes de glaces et desserts glacés: 100 listes de course à flasher! dedicated Ma sorbetière, un bonheur ! (Électrochic) to Smoothie Bowls that Glaces et sorbets inratables (Les Inratables) event 1000 recettes de dessert: pâtisseries, entremets, desserts de fruits, desserts glacés would Glaces et Sorbets Inratables have Agenda scolaire 2018-2019: 19x23cm : Agenda 2018 2019 semainier : Motif licornes, chats, crème glacée et beignets been Petits chocolats, grande expérience L'intégrale a Glaces maison much Glaces glazed better Recettes glacées de l'école Lenôtre read


10 thoughts on “The Pun Also Rises

  1. says:

    What can I say? This is vindication for punsters everywhereBird Brian's review was what got me interested in this and since it's hard to top I won't even try The book had some engaging anecdotes lots of historical facts and uotations and even some lessons in brain physiology And of course lots of wordplayAll for pun and pun for all


  2. says:

    Lots of stuff going on here There were historical anecdotes about punning through the ages and its varying cultural import; some pop science tidbits about how the brain processes language generally and puns specifically; a few miscellaneous personal stories the best is the one about the pun competition at the beginning; and a ton of shameless unapologetic wholly gratuitous thoroughly amazing puns My favorite from a passage about the alphabet Yes the Romans would later modify the Greek system But conceptually these refinements were the euivalent of hitting linguistic singles and nothing compared to the Greeks' original homerActually that passage contained the book's most interesting assertion that puns were partially responsible for the development of written language To get there we have to allow for a pretty broad definition of pun; Pollack includes other kinds of wordplay like portmanteaux and spoonerisms and eventually veers into discussing Duchamp's Fountain the FedEx logo and emoticons Essentially he uses puns as a stand in for ambiguity and then claims that helped bridge the gap between representational systems like hieroglyphics and cuneiform to alphabetic systems like Greek To which I said sureThe book did occasionally come off bit defensive Shakespeare used puns advertising uses puns puns are important etc which is understandable given their current reputation as a low form of humor I see the same thing in writing about video games all the time The apologetics were probably unnecessary though; you have to figure that the kinds of people who would even pick up a book called The Pun Also Rises are a self selecting audience


  3. says:

    A wonderful summery of the history evolution and importance of the pun This non fiction read has enlightened me in many ways and has made uite a few excellent points about the crucial factor that puns play in our everyday lives


  4. says:

    Please excuse the puns belowThe Pun Also Rises How the Hum­ble Pun Rev­o­lu­tion­ized Lan­guage Changed His­tory and Made Word­play More Than Some Antics by John Pol­lack is a non fiction book in which the author tells his story of puns Even though this book is short in pages it is long in contentJohn Pol­lack loves words and one could tell from the book He is a for­mer World Pun Cham­pion and speech writer for Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton In the book Mr Pol­lack explains the sig­nif­i­cance of the mighty pun The author shows the reader how the pun rev­o­lu­tion­ized the lan­guage weav­ing sto­ries his­tory sci­ence cul­ture and literature“The Pun Also Rises” by John Pol­lack is a seri­ous book about a silly sub­ject Mr Pol­lack goes into detail telling us how he won the 1995 O Henry Pun Off World Cham­pi­onship yet neglects to pun tificate or write at least one Al a Gore y about his expe­ri­ence as Bill Clin­ton’s speech writerAfter a short his­tory of jokes and a neu­ro­log­i­cal les­son explain­ing how the mind works for most of us at least Mr Pol­lack devotes the rest of the book to the his­tory and sig­nif­i­cance of pun­ning The book is mostly inter­est­ing and is a short read so I booked it in a day Mr Pol­lack recounts how and why puns went in and out of fash­ion and tries to explain people’s reac­tion to puns groans etcIt could be that try­ing to make a point Mr Pol­lack fell into the trap of think­ing too much a dan­ger­ous pas­time I love puns I roar at “South Park” while my beloved wife just shakes her head in dis­be­lief but I cer­tainly don’t think too much about why I laugh Mr Pol­lack brings us about a twelve or most likely a dozen def­i­n­i­tions of what pun actu­ally is While we think of puns as sim­ple “What build­ing has the most sto­ries? The library” some of them are uite com­plex and reuire our brains to go through hun­dreds of vari­a­tions before we find the joke Why was May 4th picked to be the Inter­na­tional Star Wars day?Besides the famous come­di­ans Mr Pol­lack writes Abbott the author also explores famous lit­er­ary fig­ures in a Swift man­ner He eval­u­ates Shakespeare’s jokes which even though old might still get a laugh around the GlobeThis is an enter­tain­ing book Mr Pol­lack shows much enthu­si­asm for the sub­ject and pep­pers his pages with puns which will make you laugh or cringe or most likely both If you like lan­guage or lit­tle known facts this book for you told with pun etrating humorAll in all – this book is sim­ply a play on wordsOK I’m doneFor book reviews and bookish posts please visit


  5. says:

    Puntiful Punlicious Punderful Puntastic Punetrating All describe this punny book Unfortunately I'm nowhere near as punny as John Pollack Considering his belief that punning is a sign of intelligence I suppose that he would doubt mine However as clever as puns can be not everyone has punability Pollack says Noam Chomsky doesn't pun and whatever you may blame Chomsky for stupidity isn't one of his flawsPollack puns his way through this surprisingly scholarly examination of the sociolinguistic anthropological historical and anatomical facets of punning He has done his homework but he failed to have it corrected Oh this is for the most part accurate and it's always readable I learned a lot from it especially on how puns are political weapons in repressive societies Damn Why didn't I take another year of Mandarin?So out comes the metaphorical red pencil My inner professor demands to be let out even though I laud this book It's irrepressible Sorry but here are the correctionsFirst Pollack doesn't distinguish between puns blends and compounding although they all involve different linguistic processes Then too compounds and blends are major ways of creating new words in a language Puns aren't Second he blithely cites dates for the evolution of language However no scholarly field is in disarray than that of language evolution It's all guesstimates at this point Third Pollack credits punning with being the impetus for the invention of the alphabet Yes punning and breaking words up into component parts use some of the same linguistic skills That in no way means that one caused the other In fact since puns involve whole words and alphabets involve breaking words down to the meaningless components of words it's highly unlikely puns had anything to do with the alphabet Also alphabets have been devised for few languages Punning exists in every language we know


  6. says:

    John Pollack prefaces his exploration of puns with his experience at the world pun championship This was the most intense part of his book The Pun Also Rises How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language Changed History and Made Wordplay More than Some Antics The rest of the book ranged from snoozy to informative and mildly entertainingThe book is just riddled with puns It cries out for groans of appreciation Over and over You must appreciate puns to get the most out of Pollack’s writing He slides puns into every paragraph whether he’s talking about brain chemistry or England in the Middle AgesHe name checks Shakespeare of course But he also tells stories of history’s unknown punsters focusing especially on times the pun was ascendant Every variation in the punning world is explained from visual to homophonic and homographic Pollack leaves no stone unturnedMy conclusionsI’m both a reader and a writer I like learning about language although the book wasn’t on the top of my list by any stretch Another member of my postal book club suggested it And after learning everything about lexicography in last year’s selection we all thought this would be an interesting addition to our knowledge baseDespite a few flaws I liked this book Pollack is wordy since he pushes puns into every topic The Pun Also Rises suffers from the dreaded mid book slump Although it’s only 150 pages long the middle third was slow and ploddingAnd I’m not sure I buy Pollack’s theory that puns drove the course of human history Just because they have survived doesn’t mean they made history happen That’s like saying insects are the reason humans accomplish anything Insects survive cataclysm but they don’t execute the rebuilding Neither do punsBut puns make life enjoyable The wink wink nudge nudge of language used effectively is a beautiful thing If you love the English language or want to learn about this aspect of it grab a copy of Pollack’s book and dive inFor reviews of the books I'm reading visit my book blog TheBibliophagecom


  7. says:

    I’m going to start this review with some self indulgence which is really par for the course when it comes to my style of reviewing I’m just a tiny bit drunk and I could swear I've already written a review for this book But I can’t find that review anywhere I have a phrase in my head that I feel I must have written already something about how John Pollack peppers The Pun Also Rises with puns which is to be expected But I can’t for the life of me find on any of my several hard drives and cloud drives and others depositories for expository writing any such file So I apologize if this winds up being redundantI also apologize for discussing other than the book at hand in this review The truth is there’s not much to the book itself Which is not a castigation on my part More of a revelation or whatever the appropriate word is for when someone shows you what you already knew was there what can really said about puns at book length? Their history and development over the course of the evolution of language itself warrants not much than a Wikipedia entry Puns are simultaneously too vague and too specific a subject to say much about other than to denote their usage As analyses go The Pun Also Rises does its best but can’t help to wander aroundA philosophical or even argumentative treatment might a larger tome make but Pollack ’s book is not that He does start off with an engaging anecdote and frankly I would have liked to see of that kind of thing A biography of a man’s life in punning would have been worthy of several hundred pages Instead we get a kind of history of social attitudes towards puns some of the rationale behind their usage a tiny bit of the linguistics involved But not much elseAnd yet for all that the book was engaging I started it when I was on a visit to a friend came upon the paperback edition and decided to finish via the ebook Pollack doesn't bog the reader down with too much and treats the subject for what it’s worth uasi lightly It’s a uick read and a good read and not a waste of time in the leastAs I write this I have to say I’m becoming less and less convinced that I wrote anything about this before now afterall Don’t know what that says about me or about the pilsners I’ve just swallowed But never mind all that The dedicated Punshmith will find in Pollack's book a nice light history and the language enthusiast too will find enough of a treatment to speak on the subject with a tiny bit of reuisite authorityAs for me an unabashed fan of puns and punning I liked the book enough to get drunk and write about it Enough said


  8. says:

    I was very excited to read this book when I ran across the title on a blog recently It was fine a nice little overview of how and why we may have come to pun Neither obsessive and terribly thorough history nor simple humor writing the book occupies for me a weird spot that falls short of rigorous scholarship which would have been interesting but goes beyond the simply light hearted treatment I sort of found myself wishing Pollack had picked one extreme or the other It's a uick and pretty entertaining read Sometimes he sneaks puns in that I wish he hadn't Puns do belong in a book like this and there were plenty that made me giggle some that I shared with my family but some he sprinkled in were too big a reach for the payoff He could have let those go I will say that it's less annoying even at its worst than Lederer's pun book which I read years ago I'm glad I read it but think my expectations may have been too high


  9. says:

    I was very disappointed What little history Pollack could scape together was mostly used to set up unimpressive puns The writing was mostly dull and the author seemed much impressed with himself than I was The best part was his account of the national punning competition at the beginning of the book An entire volume dedicated to that event would have been a much better read


  10. says:

    Interesting a bit dry at times Lots of puns


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