Puns Spooken Here: Word Play for Halloween [NOOK Book]

Puns Spooken Here: Word Play for Halloween

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Q. What's a skeleton's favorite food?

A. Spare ribs.

Q. What was the witch's favorite subject in school?

A. Spelling.

Q. What kind of horse does a ghost ride?

A. A night mare.

Q. How does an exorcist keep in shape?

A. He rides an exorcycle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423610588
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/7/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 448,737
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Lederer is the author of more than 3,000 books and articles about language and humor. Dr. Lederer's syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He has been elected International Punster of the Year and been profiled in magazines as diverse as the New Yorker, People, and the National Enquirer. He is a language columnist for the Toastmaster, Pages, and the Farmers' Almanac and hosts "A Way With Words" on public radio each weekend. In 2002, Richard Lederer was named Golden Gavel winner by Toastmasters International.
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You may well have heard the seasonal prey upon words "What do you call an empty hot dog?" Answer: A hollow weenie.

But you may not have realized how capacious is the tricky treat bag of Halloween puns. There's something about the lore of Halloween that inspires tour de farces at the highest level of punnery. What this book will offer you is a veritable Bill of Frights.

Punnery is largely the trick of compacting two or more ideas within a single word or expression. Punnery challenges us to apply the greatest pressure per square syllable of language. Punnery surprises us by flouting the law of nature that pretends that two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Punnery is an exercise of the mind at being concise. Punnery is a rewording experience.

Let's start by cooking up a punderful menu for Halloween. I know you won't be able to resist goblin up this full-corpse meal. Bone appetit!

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Table of Contents

A Feast of Halloween Puns/11

II A Ghost Graduate Course/23

III Funny Bones/37

IV Lifestyles of the Witch and Famous/ 43

IV Word Prey in a Jugular Vein/55

VI Puns That Keep Us in Stitches/75

VII More Movie Monsters/81

VIII Ghoulishness/89

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