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The Pun Also Rises
The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics | John Pollack
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A former speechwriter for Bill Clinton provides a light-hearted exploration of puns, including the brain science and history behind them, as well as how they play out in pop culture. Reprint.
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tjwill
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It‘s home! Thanks for all your great comments, #nfornonfiction crew! Danielle, puns in Shakespeare sounds like a fun paper to write and makes me want to reread Much Ado. Barbara, I haven‘t finished Down Girl yet, but will try to finish in the next couple weeks. Melissa, thanks for the cards along the way! I‘m glad we all read together again! 💕

BarbaraTheBibliophage Okay, no rush! Glad your book is home with all of our added “content.” 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa So great isn‘t it! Maybe we can reconvene next summer? @tjwill @daniwithtea @BarbaraTheBibliophage 3mo
tjwill @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks! I had to take a break for some books I had to review, but I‘m back at it now! 3mo
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tjwill @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I would love that! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m all in for next year too! 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I love reading with you ladies, I was just looking through mine today too which recently came back. Always great books and great insights! 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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And enjoyable little book about the pun, far more for its chapters about language development biologically and cross culturally than most of the puns themselves. 🤪

...and surprisingly a few insights that I‘ll be thinking about as I read more with the #ShakespeareReadAlong and wondering how many other layers I‘m missing in the plays.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice! Cool that it connected so much with your other reading. 4mo
Gezemice This looks like a lot of fun! Going onto the TBR 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Puns are still alive and well online! 😂

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tjwill I ❤️ puns! 4mo
jewright Puns are my favorite jokes in class. They always make my students groan and giggle. I love when they tell them too. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Very funny! 😎👍🏻 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I only shut the book for a minute and look what happened! 🤣

I thought my #NForNonfiction ladies would appreciate my pen thief, Bella, in action! Hopefully nobody in our group is allergic to cats...I promise I don‘t usually let them roll around on our books. 🤷‍♀️

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BarbaraTheBibliophage Funny! 😹😻😻😹 4mo
tjwill Cuteness! I have a cat too, and she does this kind of thing if I leave a book laying out too. 4mo
AlaMich Awww! 😻 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @tjwill Well if your cat really loved this book up when it comes back to you, you‘ll know why. 🙈 4mo
audraelizabeth My male dog sniffs my library books. Im guessing they are read predominantly by women and he likes women better. 4mo
saresmoore This is so sweet! 4mo
Erofan Cutie 😻😹 4mo
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This was a quick read, especially following on the heels of our group‘s previous pick! A bit rambly, but overall I enjoyed it. Will get it in the mail this weekend. #nfornonfiction @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @tjwill

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s good to know! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it. I‘ll look forward to it....once I finish the one I have. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice—glad you enjoyed it! 5mo
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Book number two in our non-fiction swap has arrived! I‘m almost down with Down Girl, expect to ship it out on Friday. Excited to get my puns on! @tjwill @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yay! No rush though, I‘m still working on the one I have now. 🤫 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh wow—that got to you super fast! I mailed it Media Mail on Thursday. Enjoy! 👊🏻📚👊🏻📚 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes, for sure. I‘m just ahead this month b/c of Mr. B being gone at the beginning. Had lots of extra reading time for a week. 😎 6mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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John Pollack prefaces his exploration of puns with details of the world pun championship. This was the most intense part of his book. The rest ranged from snoozy to informative and mildly entertaining. The book is just riddled with puns! He slides puns into every paragraph, whether it‘s about brain chemistry, lesser-known punsters, or England in the Middle Ages. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Megabooks @AnneFindsJoy you may like? 6mo
tjwill 👍🏽 Agreed! 6mo
Joyfulmimi I have that same pen. Just saying. 🥰 6mo
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tjwill
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@BarbaraTheBibliophage ETA Tuesday!

Since I had my two helpers (my kids are ages 7 and 4) with me on my trip to the post office, we visited the little park across the street too!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Awesome—I‘ll watch for it! Still working my way through 7mo
PerksOfBeingABookworm @BarbaraTheBibliophage Down Girl is a great book—for explaining misogyny, not because the content is fun to read. It‘s certainly a difficult read. I was able to see the author give a talk on this book as well as the first chapter of her upcoming book. I really appreciate the work she‘s doing on these hard topics. 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @PerksOfBeingABookworm That‘s exactly how I‘d explain the book. I‘m envious you got to hear her speak and have a sneak peek at the new book. (edited) 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage It‘s here! (Has been for a few days—sorry for not letting you know sooner.) 6mo
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tjwill
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This book about puns gave a history of pun usage and an overview of what makes puns work or not. I love puns, but it did drag a bit in the middle. Overall, the ending pulled it back up from a so-so to a pick for me. It was very short but thoroughly researched, written by a former O. Henry World Pun-Off Champion.

#nfornonfiction @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ll be sending it to you soon!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds promising. Mine‘s dragging a bit in the middle too, it happens sometimes. 7mo
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Being obsessed with words in general, and puns in particular, I had to buy this. #wordnerd #logophile #puns

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#TBRtemptation post 1! JP's a former World Pun Champion & speechwriter for President Clinton. Except in contemporary times when the pun is considered a lowly semantic art form, it has always been recognized as significant in revolutionizing language & conveying important information. In a humorous & straightforward manner, you'll learn what history, brain science, literature, anthropology, etc., all have to say about it.#blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Sace And my library has it! Score! *places hold* 3y
ValerieAndBooks I have this one, and it's good! The author won a big punning championship many years ago (he's from Ann Arbor, where I used to live). 3y
SaraRosett And without puns, where would we get cozy mystery titles? 😉 (edited) 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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