Junior Ganymede
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The lesser of two weevils

March 31st, 2009 by GST

A fun piece by Joseph Tartakovsky in the New York Times about that most groaned-over humor genre, the pun.

Surveying how the great comic writers have viewed puns, he notes that “Jane Austen puns once, in ‘Mansfield Park,’ and it serves to impeach the moral character of the offender.”  I might add that O’Brian’s Captain Aubrey is an inveterate punster, and his habit mainly serves to illustrate that though generally good-humored, the Captain has a stunted sense of humor.  (The title pun is his.  I’ll find others when I have the novels in front of me.)

Also, needless to say, we here at the Junior Ganymede concur with Tartovsky’s selection of the greatest humor writer of the 20th century.

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March 31st, 2009 14:09:36

Adam G.
March 31, 2009

We also agree that the sun rises in the East.

March 31, 2009

Very astute of you to have noticed, sir. But if I may respond to what I take to be the res of your remark, I would observe that gentlemen are universally of the opinion that Mr. Wodehouse gives satisfaction, sir. “Others abide our question but thou alone art free” is the usual sentiment respecting Mr. Wodehouse, I believe, among those whom you are pleased to style the cognoscenti. Thank you, sir.

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