Summary of “If You Think You Hate Puns, You’re Wrong”

Either way, having to deal at all with the demand that wordplay be acknowledged is probably the reason so many people think they hate puns.
Some puns are just interruptive white noise while others have the power to make people stand up and scream.
The good news is that puns are also embedded in everything people do like, and in the right hands they are tiny word-shaped miracles.
Think Kanye West on the song “Otis” Think of all the greatest gutter-filthy insults on Veep, like when someone refers to the gangly Jonah as “Jizzy Gillespie.” Think Seth Meyers monologues, Daily Show chyrons like “Mess O’Potamia,” or when Donnell Rawlins said on Guy Code, “The only loofa a man should have in his house is Loofa Vandross.” Puns are, to use a dicey second vegetable metaphor, the onions of comedy.
Most people who think they hate puns actually just hate lazy, shopworn, shitty puns-and the tah-dah flourish with which they’re executed.
They hate puns that sound lifted from popsicle stick jokes, or ones that are drawn from something someone said five minutes ago, the context melting away like popsicle juice running down your fist.
One thing bad puns have on other jokes is that after passing a certain threshold of Bad, their very badness suddenly becomes the joke itself.
There’s a kind of math undergirding most jokes, but puns are especially equational.

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