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If it isn't a pun, what is it? Help wanted.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lurk_much, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    Quick question. Chatting to a mate a moment ago about meeting in the Moon Inn for a pint this evening he said 'no thanks, it has no atmosphere' , ha ha.
    So what is the name for a conceptual pun?
    I thought a metonymy might cover it but he reckons not.
    Help.
     
  2. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    Quick question. Chatting to a mate a moment ago about meeting in the Moon Inn for a pint this evening he said 'no thanks, it has no atmosphere' , ha ha.
    So what is the name for a conceptual pun?
    I thought a metonymy might cover it but he reckons not.
    Help.
     
  3. He refused a pint...did he not appreciate the gravity of the situation?
     
  4. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Lead commenter

    Could you be more specific about that?
     
  5. The beer is only 1/6th the strength as it in the Queen's Head down the road.
     
  6. ...or indeed, twice the strength of the beer in Bauble's Bar :¬))
     
  7. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    Barman asked young woman what she'd like. "Oh, a double," she said. "Double what?" "A double entendre." So, the barman gave her one.
     
  8. Re. 'no atmosphere' - it's a metaphor isn't it..?
     
  9. Oh, right - i didn't notice the name of the pub. In that case, I don't know.
     
  10. A recursive pun?
     
  11. ian60

    ian60 New commenter

    When I was a student in Coventry ( back in the early 80's) I would occasionally frequent a pub called 'The Godiva'
    It was (and quite possibly still is) refered to as 'The Dive'. because it really was a dive, an awful place reputedly built in a bomb crater.
    Does that count as one of the things Lurch is refering to?
    (Note to Blazer: Does this pub still exist?)
     
  12. anteater

    anteater New commenter

    I don't see why it isn't a pun. [​IMG]
     
  13. guinnesspuss

    guinnesspuss Star commenter

    It was quite a punny statement.
    It's worse when what is said just isn't punny.
    [​IMG]
     
  14. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    I am not sure either now. I thought it was too indirect. Somehow I feel a pun should use two definite meanings. The peasants are revolting is a straightforward pun. The moon has no atmosphere is a climatic fact. The Moon has no atmosphere is a subjective judgement. It has taken me a while - indefinite and definite works together. Yes it is a pun.
    But a bit more complicated. derrrr.
    where is that dunce sign[​IMG]
     
  15. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    I'd have said it was a play on words, and not worried any further...
     
  16. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    I tried ten different plays on words to see how many would get a laugh. No pun in ten did.
     
  17. Ian...no pub on Coventry called the Godiva. Do you recall whereabouts it was?
     
  18. ian60

    ian60 New commenter

    I'm not at all suprised that it no longer exists, I have no particularly fond memories of it.
    If I recall correctly, it was somewhere near the Cov (or Lanch, depending how old you are) Poly library.
    (This was 30 years ago!)
     
  19. I saw what you did there, Markuss..:¬))


     
  20. http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&client=tablet-android-samsung&q=rosie+malones+coventry&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=mBc5T-TkLKrC0QWy8bnEAg&biw=1280&bih=800&sei=rRc5T63NM8as0QWAjq2nAg

    Now called Rosie Malones...good to have friend s with old local knowledge :)

    sorry op, don't know the answer to your question!
     

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