Anywhere you look, there is an abundance of pun-making opportunities! Don’t worry about your audiences because you will get all sorts of people. People who find your idea pun-derful and some who might see it as a pun-ishment. But you, dear friend, need to go on because giving up is not an opt-pun!
What are puns, anyway?
Before you venture out on this amazing pun-making adventure, you need to understand what puns are and how they work. Puns, also known as, paronomasia, is a form of wordplay that draws on homophones (two similar sounding words with entirely different meanings.)
How puns can be used...
People use puns in their writing, especially in marketing efforts today where witty puns have become high in demand because they put across a message in a simple yet interesting manner, so people don’t forget the message even if they try.
Comedians have been using puns in their acts and as punchlines from time immemorial. But it is said that for thieves, it’s a little difficult to use puns. Why? Because they take things literally.
Not all puns are simple!
Historically too, puns have made their ways into plays written by Shakespeare. But it’s true, you cannot use puns in your writing and expect to be taken seriously. It’s not really considered the most formal type of wordplay. And sadly, not everyone gets it. So, if you were planning to make some puns in this quarter’s progress report, maybe don’t. The results may become too graph-ic!
But if a near and dear friend’s birthday is coming up or you’re writing a sweet letter to bae and you want to make him or her smile (or roll their eyes, either way they will be amused), go for it, it’s time for your puns to shine. You can do it, sun.
Be your creative self and express your ideas, there’s nobody really in your way!