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What is a Pun? Posted by on Dec 9, 2016

A pun, or paronomasia, is a play on words which exploits the vagaries of language. Since many English words often sound alike, and have multiple meanings, puns are everywhere. A pun may be a joke, but not all jokes are puns. Jokes may contain clever wordplay, but they don’t have to. All puns are made…

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Understanding Shakespeare Posted by on Mar 18, 2012

The English language has changed a great deal in the last 400 years and, as I am sure you know, it is still changing.  In 400 years from now English speakers will look back and likely have difficulty understand today’s English as much as we have trouble understanding the English of Shakespeare’s time.  Yet, we…

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