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The pun is commonly dismissed as the lowest form of wit, and punsters are often unpopular for their obsessive wordplay. But such attitudes are relatively recent developments. In The Pun Also Rises, John Pollack-a former World Pun Champion and presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton-explains why such wordplay is significant: It both revolutionized language and played a pivotal role in making the modern world possible. Skillfully weaving together stories and evidence from history, brain science, pop culture, literature, anthropology, and humor, The Pun Also Rises is an authoritative yet playful exploration of a practice that is common, in one form or another, to virtually every language on earth. At once entertaining and educational, this engaging book answers fundamental questions: Just what is a pun, and why do people make them? How did punning impact the development of human language, and how did that drive creativity and progress? And why, after centuries of decline, does the pun still matter? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Anyone with an interest in language is going to find this book fascinating. David Crystal, author of How Language Works
  • “A compelling exegesis on what puns are and why they matter.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The best books on language are the ones that encourage us to reexamine what we think we know, and The Pun Also Rises does exactly that.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A fun, cogent argument in favor of a dubious, often-damned art.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Harry | 10/8/2011

    " This is, I think, a more important book than its title suggests. There is an implicit argument threaded throughout the book that language is indispensable to thought, and that playing with language is key to creativity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Holly | 9/29/2011

    " "Pun-derful."

    I love puns, so it's no surprise I loved this book. But it really is a well-researched, well-written, and delightful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dean | 9/14/2011

    " Well-researched, engaging, relevant, and tastefully presented. Great read on a bright, punny morning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tracey | 9/8/2011

    " It was very scolarly..didn't yield as many puns as I had hoped "

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