7/9/09

Real Puns

I'm no expert in puns.. But upon consultation with some older punsters, I have come to a rather shocking revelation. The older punsters have told me that what have been written so far in "pun with gracepoint" are not really puns at all. They said that real puns are supposed to make people laugh, not squirm. They said that puns are supposed to be clever, not simply sick. They told me, "These wannabe punsters think that they are saying puns, but technically, they are not. They are just taking random words that kind of sound like something else, and then saying them as if they are puns." For example, to say "That's otterly obvious" - that's not really a pun, because puns are supposed to have double meaning. They said that the same goes for all these comments, where people say things like, "I joust saw that." This revelation was shocking to me, because I had thought that puns were actually supposed to be sick instead of funny.

But it still wasn't very clear to me why those are not puns, so I asked a particular Brother D, who was among the original punsters who now has a shaved head, what a "real" pun is. And he gave me some.

- Did you hear about a guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.
- I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

After hearing these real puns, I suddenly realized the truth... These puns that have been circulating in disgracepoint are not puns at all. Seeing the real thing made me recognize the counterfeit. No wonder they make you squirm.

Pastor Manny of Gracepoint Austin is one of the original punsters who wants to disassociate himself from these recent fake puns. He refuses to laugh at these fake puns... He refuses to even show any kind of emotion on his face when he hears these counterfeit puns. Because he knows what real puns are supposed to be like, he cries inside while everyone is laughing at the counterfeit.

However, Brother W told me how these fake puns all started. He told me that it all started when P. Manny once held up a napkin and said, "Hey, I'm going to take a nap with my kin." Amazingly, that one actually got some laughs along with the sneers, and Pastor Manny was seen gloating over how it made people squirm. However, Brother W distinctly remembers that that one joke opened the floodgates for all bad puns, giving courage to all the fake punsters. So perhaps it's only fitting that Pastor Manny now needs to suffer through the bad puns in Austin. But what I have a hard time accepting is why the rest of us have to suffer.

Perhaps it is not helpful for us to try to figure out the genesis of the puns that we have now. Perhaps we need to simply accept the fact that we are now in an era of fallenness, and go on from there... because the fact is that these fallen puns are the new reality of our day. Real puns are genuinely funnier, but for the same reason, they are a hundred times more rare. Is it better to laugh once than to squirm a hundred times? That's hard to say, so let us not silence the fake punsters. Let us live with our fallen states, because if anything, these bad puns will help us long for heaven more.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

yes, please, opun up the gates of heaven!

sk said...

A-men a-men...

This explains everything... I have been longing for funny puns, wishing that at least the original post was funny... But alas, it cannot be.

su said...

chuck colson talks about Jesus' humor and says he even puns - were they good puns?

breakpoint article - we could all use a good laugh

Anonymous said...

the real pun posted in this post was truly a glimpse of how funny real puns can be.

Anonymous said...

Alas, we live in a time where many false punsters have appeared and deceived many people.

kenny said...

I think the only true real punster of all time is Jesus after reading the Breakpoint article. We have much to learn!

Clean Cut Media said...

how come all the opposition (the proponents of truth) are all "anonymous". reveal yourself and stand for what you believe in!

Anonymous said...

I really do think that Pun with GP has been true to the definition of puns.


Answers.com on puns
I just think that what consider funny nowdays has evolved a bit. Except for some people.

Daniel Kim said...

Yes, I guess puns can be words that sound like another word, so many of these puns do still qualify as puns.

But most of these puns make people cringe, because they are basically single-syllable words that get misspelled and get forced into longer words. Those are the painful ones..

Today, I was talking to a well-driller about our Sierra Lodge water well, and I said, "Our well has been performing well." Now, after that, I said, "No pun intended."

But if I said, "You can drill the well wellever." I would not say after that statement, "No pun intended", because no pun was actually said. :)

Anonymous said...

bring punwithgracepoint back so that people who want to read them and comment can continue to do so freely!!

Anonymous said...

The punsters should have their own website again. That way, disgracepoint can go back to having 100% of their posts being funny rather than just 50%.

Daniel Kim said...

Well, in defense of pun with gracepoint, the puns do not take up extra space for the regular posts. The regular posts still come out on odd days, but the puns go in and get inserted into some of the even days. So the puns serve the purpose of simply "adding" that cringing feeling, which can be a good feeling to some people.