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robeiae
02-04-2010, 12:42 AM
Just, you know, askin'...

Ken
02-04-2010, 12:47 AM
... never had a problem with them, personally. Most editors think puns are ultra-lame though. So I usually avoid them, except for use as titles, sometimes.

Fran
02-04-2010, 12:56 AM
Super Cally Go Ballistic Celtic Are Atrocious.

In the right hands, it can be a true masterpiece.

DeleyanLee
02-04-2010, 12:56 AM
I used to edit a fanzine, back in the day. Several of the writers liked to put puns in their stories. I told them from the get-go that if you have puns in your story, you've GOT to identify it to me, or I'll correct the spelling/grammatical errors (which I was authorized to do).

They didn't believe me.

The first story came in with no earmarks. I corrected and printed.

Then they believed me.

Can't see how a pun can be funny if it can't always be recognized.

Or is that part of the humor that I just don't get?

JLCwrites
02-04-2010, 12:56 AM
I think they're punny!

Haggis
02-04-2010, 12:57 AM
Just because a pun elicits a groan rather than a laugh doesn't make it any less funny.

cray
02-04-2010, 12:58 AM
mac??????????? (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=3450349&postcount=7)

Maryn
02-04-2010, 01:00 AM
I can't answer, because I'm too busy transporting gulls across state lines for immortal porpoises.

Bada-bing!

quickWit
02-04-2010, 01:04 AM
I chose nevcer. That's icelandic for "Rob's a dick".

Ambrosia
02-04-2010, 01:05 AM
I voted can be. It depends on the pun. Some are just stupid.

S.J.
02-04-2010, 01:13 AM
I voted "Lesser of two weevils", because I finally recognised a quote!

Also, random anecdote: at the dinner table, in my family, 'punny' conversations go on all the time. It will go like this;

"Can you pass the knife, dear?"
"That was a very pointed remark."
"No need to fly off the handle."
"You're really on edge today..."
"Your comments are very incisive."
"Oh, cut to the chase..."

... while my sister and I kind of gape at each other. :Shrug:

robeiae
02-04-2010, 01:26 AM
Your family is very sharp...

ad_lucem
02-04-2010, 01:30 AM
Your family is very sharp...

...but I'm sure it cuts both ways...

*sigh*

Lavern08
02-04-2010, 01:37 AM
...any way you slice it, that was kinda cute. :Shrug:

WildScribe
02-04-2010, 01:45 AM
I voted "Lesser of two weevils", because I finally recognised a quote!

Also, random anecdote: at the dinner table, in my family, 'punny' conversations go on all the time. It will go like this;

"Can you pass the knife, dear?"
"That was a very pointed remark."
"No need to fly off the handle."
"You're really on edge today..."
"Your comments are very incisive."
"Oh, cut to the chase..."

... while my sister and I kind of gape at each other. :Shrug:

Sounds like dinner with my husband's step father. Punny guy, I'm sure he'd find a way to jack-knife into your family's conversations with a point or two.

ad_lucem
02-04-2010, 01:48 AM
Sounds like dinner with my husband's step father. Punny guy, I'm sure he'd find a way to jack-knife into your family's conversations with a point or two.

Because of his rapier wit, I presume?


(Okay...that's it...gotta go...no more...)

JLCwrites
02-04-2010, 01:53 AM
Because of his rapier wit, I presume?


(Okay...that's it...gotta go...no more...)

No, don't stop! You really need to hone your skills. :D

ad_lucem
02-04-2010, 01:57 AM
No, don't stop! You really need to hone your skills. :D

Really, I think it's time to cut it out. ;)

S.J.
02-04-2010, 02:06 AM
You guys are hilarious... I practically cried laughing reading the above posts - so yes, puns ARE funny. (But also cringe-worthy.)

However I think we need to get a handle on the situation...

Xelebes
02-04-2010, 03:24 AM
Is a really bad fun actually punny?

Matera the Mad
02-04-2010, 03:30 AM
I always thought Robeiae Hope was the funniest guy evcer

Komnena
02-04-2010, 04:31 AM
S.J. , your family seems to live on the cutting edge.