In "The Pun Conundrum", hosted here by the BBC today, Sally Davies discusses whether puns are the lowest form of wordplay or an art form in their own right. She writes:
"... regardless of its rationale, punning is clearly more than a mere linguistic fillip. And there may be reason to hope that the internet will restore its reputation. The efflorescence of punnery on social networking sites like Twitter, Tumblr and Reddit, which bulge with the fruits of meme generators, suggests that puns have become acceptable as part of the online conversation".
|Not all puns are entirely|
word-based, as this word-
and image example shows
This Kat, who enjoys puns himself, particularly when they are his own, is offering a prize to the reader who submits the best intellectual property law-based pun by the competition closing date, Sunday 3 February. Please send your entries to the IPKat here, with the subject heading "Pun Comp". Each pun which is entered has to be
- in some way connected with intellectual property law (and that, for these purposes,
evenincludes traditional knowledge and artists' resale royalties);
- a play on words which exploits the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings;
- either in English or accompanied by an English-language explanation;
- either the competition entrant's own pun or, if someone else's, attributed to its originator.
The best puns will be published, assuming that the publication does not infringe copyright, and the prize is a copy of the 6th and latest edition of the Butterworths E-Commerce and IT Law Handbook, of which this Kat is proud to be the Consultant Editor