A funny, erudite, and
provocative exploration of puns, the people who make them, and this derided
wordplay’s remarkable impact on human history.
In The Pun Also Rises,
John Pollack—a former World Pun Champion and presidential speechwriter for Bill
Clinton—explains why puns matter: they 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 puns.
With an engaging narrative, this book answers fundamental
questions: Just what are puns? 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?
At once entertaining and educational, this engaging book
builds a compelling case for the powerful and enduring role of puns in human
discourse and innovation, and why they’ll always be more than just some antics. Download and start listening now!