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Philosophy Talk: More Than Pun and Games

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How did the humble pun revolutionize language, change history, and make wordplay more than just some antics?

Puns have been called both the highest and lowest form of humor. There is something about them that is at once painful and pleasurable, capable of causing either a cringe or a chuckle. But what exactly is it about word play that we find humorous? Is there something in particular about puns that makes them especially cringe-worthy? How does the humor of a pun compare to other types of jokes? We may know why the chicken crossed the road – but can we eggsplain what’s funny about it? John and Ken get punny with John Pollack, author of The Pun Also Rises. Sunday 4/07 at 11 am and Tuesday 4/09 at 12 noon.