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TheParser
Posted: Monday, August 8, 2016 4:44:13 AM
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Dear Advanced Learners:

English has some words with the same sound but different meanings or spellings.

Some clever (intelligent) people use this feature of English to make little jokes called "puns."

Here is a funny pun that I read yesterday.

Puns are a good way to practice your English.

*****

1. Many years ago, there was a lawyer in England.

2. Everyone knew that he was very rude.

3. One day the rude lawyer was speaking with a judge about manors.

a. a manor = a very nice house in the beautiful countryside of England.

4. The rude lawyer said, "I have [own] two little [small] manors."

5. The judge replied: "We all know [that you have too little manners.]" [ = you do NOT have many good manners.]

Source: That rude lawyer was Fletcher Norton (1716 - 1789). This little story is reported in The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes (1985).
TiMonster
Posted: Monday, August 8, 2016 5:30:58 AM
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Nice one !

I really enjoy puns, in English and in French.

I'm not sure I understand every English written pun thoughThink
AbhijayBasu
Posted: Monday, August 8, 2016 7:55:41 AM

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Good one
TiMonster
Posted: Monday, August 8, 2016 7:57:14 AM
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AbhijayBasu, I realised your signature is a pun too :p
Audiendus
Posted: Monday, August 8, 2016 8:13:35 AM
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Incidentally, I wonder what the 'correct' comparative of "too little manners" is.

Less manners? Or fewer manners? (They both sound slightly odd.)
Hope123
Posted: Monday, August 8, 2016 5:57:17 PM

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Not sure they're all the exact definition of a pun, but this email just came in. (Lex = laws. Phile = love of - ?) I just copied and pasted.

(Somebody has too much time on their hands.)

The Lexophile

· How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.

· Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!

· A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.

· I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

· Haunted French pancakes give me the crêpes.

· England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

· I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.

· They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Typo.

· I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.

· Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

· I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.

· I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

· This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.

· When chemists die, they barium.

· I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.

· I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

· Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.

· I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

· Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?

· When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

· Broken pencils are pointless.

· What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?
A thesaurus.

· I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

· All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen.
The police have nothing to go on.

· I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

· Velcro - what a rip off!

· Don’t worry about old age; it doesn’t last.

leonAzul
Posted: Monday, August 8, 2016 6:19:52 PM

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Two-thirds of a pun is "P-U".

Whistle
TheParser
Posted: Monday, August 8, 2016 10:43:21 PM
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TiMonster
Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 1:20:15 AM
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Nice way to start the day :D
Axel Bear
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TiMonster wrote:
Nice way to start the day :D


Hi TiMonster, when your day started, my day in the antipodes was approaching sundown.

So also a nice way to end the day.

TiMonster
Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 2:00:46 AM
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Axel Bear wrote:


TiMonster wrote:
Nice way to start the day :D


Hi TiMonster, when your day started, my day in the antipodes was approaching sundown.

So also a nice way to end the day.


Where are you from ?
Axel Bear
Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 7:03:24 AM

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TiMonster wrote:

Where are you from ?


At the moment I am in the very center of Australia.
TiMonster
Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 8:02:04 AM
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Always wanted to go to Australia..
Hunting.Targ
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Once I thought I would like to see Australia. Then my mind went under.
TiMonster
Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:16:27 AM
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Hunting.Targ wrote:
Once I thought I would like to see Australia. Then my mind went under.

I'm afraid I don't get it :/
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 4:55:08 AM

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TiMonster wrote:
Hunting.Targ wrote:
Once I thought I would like to see Australia. Then my mind went under.

I'm afraid I don't get it :/


The Aussies live down under. ;-)
TiMonster
Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 4:57:30 AM
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Thank you for the explanation !
coag
Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 2:18:03 PM

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Audiendus wrote:
Incidentally, I wonder what the 'correct' comparative of "too little manners" is.
Less manners? Or fewer manners? (They both sound slightly odd.)


This is an interesting question and no one commented on it.

I don't know what's grammatically correct here but I would go with "less manners". "Manners" is plural, that means countability, but here, it seems to me, it is more about describing a person than about counting something.

For example: He is a different person now. He is less polite. He has less manners.

Less manners sounds a bit funny. It reminds me of Les Humphries Singers (a German band popular in the seventies) and Les Moonves (a CBS boss).

thar
Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 3:35:47 PM

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You always have manners - they just get better or worse.
Except when you have none.

It is a binary situation - either you have manners, or you have no manners. You can learn some manners, but you don't gain them.
And if you don't have them, they would be bad if you had them. Whistle

Unless you really want to insult someone with panache....

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