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National pun day (read on at your own risk)

A pun, according to Merriam-Webster, is "an amusing use of a word or phrase that has several meanings or that sounds like another word". Interestingly it goes on to say, "People groan at a pun if it's told correctly". And today, National Pun Day we celebrate them. Many have written about them - so here are a few quotes on puns and then a few of my favorite puns...


“Wit and puns aren't just decor in the mind; they're essential signs that the mind knows it's on, recognizes its own software, can spot the bugs in its own program.” - Adam Gopnik


A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself - Doug Larsen


Puns keep us on alert, and responding to them reveals that we are alert. They make us stretch our minds and double our attention - Anon


And now a few of my favorites:
  • The state of American beer leaves us sadder but wiser - Tom Robbins



  • Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana - Groucho Marx

  • To the mathematician who invented zero, thanks for nothing - Anon


Love them or hate them we've all heard them - what are some of your favorite (or most cringeworthy) puns?

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