Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by RiJoRI, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. RiJoRI

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2007
    Since this is about the only forum I'm on that has people who speak languages other than English, I figured I would ask here.

    Do languages other than English use puns, or other plays upon words?

    Pun example:
    "Shubert had a horse named Sarah;
    He rode her to the big parade.
    And all the time the band was playing,
    Shubert's Sarah neighed."

    Puns do not need to be poetic, as this one is. The pun comes from the similarity in sound in English between "Shubert's Sarah neighed," and the classical piece, "Schubert's Serenade." One interpretation is that the horse neighed as long as the band was playing; the other is that the band played "Schubert's Serenade" repeatedly.

    Jest asking!
  2. jpanhalt

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    Jan 18, 2008
    Oh, I am sure there are puns and jokes in every language. Here is an American pun based on a German idiom and translated back into German:

    A German asks you: Wie geht es Ihnen?
    You reply: Aus zwei Beine, wie ein halb Hund.

    That was one of my grandfather's favorites. He was a German immigrant. It is probably funny only to Americans who learned a little German as a second language.

  3. loosewire

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    Apr 25, 2008
    Puns are for fun
    turns are dun.
    Words are skill
    Worthy of till
    Change will spill
    Ego at will
    Dollars in the Zill
    Sliding down the hill
    Enjoy the thrill

    copyrighted knowed as Loosewire
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  4. loosewire

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    Apr 25, 2008
    Down in basement
    Where it is cool calm
    and correct,never having
    to be direct so what the heck

    Senior Member

    May 26, 2009
    You're a regular poet loosewire! :D;)
  6. loosewire

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    Apr 25, 2008
    Thanks for being forgiving. When you are famous I hope you remember the Inspiritation.
  7. KL7AJ

    Senior Member

    Nov 4, 2008
    I've always felt that Tom Swifties were the highest form of PUNishment.
    A few choice examples:

    1) "That's the third electric shock I've gotten today!" Tom said, revoltedly.
    2) "I'll have to send that telegram again," Tom said, remorsefully
    3) "I'm never anywhere on time," Tom related.
    4) "That's the last time I'll ever pet a lion!" Tom said, offhandedly.
    5) "I can't believe I ate that whole pineapple!" Tom said, Dolefully.
    6) "I won't let a flat tire get me down," Tom said, without despair.
    7) "I'll never sleep on the railroad tracks again!" Tom said, beside himself.

  8. loosewire

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    Apr 25, 2008
    Remember eli the Iceman, 7 again you could not give us enough of
    the helpful electronic puns. They help every one If you wish,It would
    make a good thread starter.
  9. rspuzio

    Active Member

    Jan 19, 2009
    Are there any that don't? Playing with words sounds like a natural part
    of linguistic thinking, whatever language one happens to be using. Moreover,
    given that there are only so many sounds available, it seems to me inevitable
    that any language is going to have words which sound similar enough to be
    confused or quite different meanings for the same word, thus providing
    opportunities for making puns.

    To mention one classic example, the saying of John the Baptist in the Bible,
    "God can raise sons of Abraham from stones" contains a play on words --- the
    terms for stone (eben) and son (ben) sound quite similar in Hebrew and
    Aramaic. Likewise, you can find puns in plenty other places in the Bible, the Odyssey, and other classic literature. Of course, plays on words are usually
    impossible to translate --- the best translators typically do is to add a note
    that the original text has a pun.
  10. loosewire

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    Apr 25, 2008
    A new word is not a pun.The pun came from a different direction.

    Senior Member

    May 26, 2009
    Forgiving? You've never made any remarks that have hurt me in any way (not that I remember...:rolleyes:)! As for being famous, I would rather be famous after I pass away. Thanks for the kind thoughts though!
  12. count_volta

    Active Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    I think Russian does have puns, but I can't think of any right now. In Russian what is more popular is anecdotes.

    From wiki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_jokes

    Russian jokes (Russian: анекдо́ты (transcribed anekdoty), literally anecdotes) the most popular form of Russian humour, are short fictional stories or dialogues with a punch line.

    And importantly. ;)

    Every category has a host of untranslatable jokes that rely on linguistic puns, wordplay, and Russian's vocabulary of foul language

    That is why I'm not even going to try translating any.

    But as always, remember that, "In Soviet Russia, joke makes YOU!!!" (Family guy inside joke)
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