Pun of the Weak: Broken English

Thomas Hood Thomas Hood, a 19th-century author and poet, once related a story about an editor of a new morning newspaper asking an Alderman what he thought of his paper. “I like it a lot,” the Alderman replied, “though it contains several broken English.” The editor was confused so he told him to elaborate. “Why […]

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Pun Of The Weak: Ambition

Father: Son, what do you want to be when you grow up? Son: I want to be a military tank driver. Father: I won’t stand in your way!

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Translation Of A Pun

Puns are usually only effective in the language which they originated from. If you translate a pun to another language, it’s meaning would probably be lost in translation. So, it’s not uncommon to see several witty puns that were unable to survive in translated works either due to the translator’s ignorance of the puns or the absence of similar puns in the target language. Translators solve this problem through improvisation and in worst case scenarios, through the use of lengthy footnotes to explain the puns.

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Pun Of The Weak: Mathematical Feud

Two mathematicians arguing about even numbers were at odds. One of them was an exponent of his own powers and other just used strange expressions. As the arguments continued, they became irrational. Those who witnessed their negative attitudes were nonplussed. Finally, they came to an agreement due to some prime factors.

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Pun Of The Weak: School Of Hard Knocks

School of Hard Knocks — A place where door-to-door salesmen and other types of people you don’t want knocking on your door are trained.

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Pun Of The Weak: Leauge

I remember joining a tennis tournament where I was the only player when the tournament started. The organizers said that I was in a league of my own.  

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Pun Of The Weak: Math Booths

I went to a math conference, and they had booths set up for several different branches of mathematics so students could learn about them. Unfortunately, the topology booth was closed, the algebra booth was way out in a field, and although I could get arbitrarily close to the analysis booth, I couldn’t touch it. The […]

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Pun Of The Weak: Stereotype

Don’t judge people who connect their computer keyboards into hi-fi systems since that would be stereotyping.  

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Pun Of The Weak: The Longest Word

During an English lesson… Teacher: The longest English word is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis… Little Johnny: I know a longer word than that. Teacher: Could you please tell us what it is? Little Johnny: Whatever follows “…and now a word from our sponsors…”.

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