Language awareness / Talking point



A pun is a deliberate confusion of similar-sounding words or phrases for rhetorical effect, whether humorous or serious. Humour is more commonly the intent of puns in recent times, but formerly the serious pun was an important and standard rhetorical or poetic device.


A. Look at the following sentences and identify the puns. Identify the feature of the language are they based on.

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B. Puns are frequently used in newspaper headlines. Look at the following headlines - what do you think the stories are about.

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1)Dutch take courage and prepare for the Euro
2)Why the Clyde offer is not so bonny
3)New study of obesity looks for larger test group
4)Typhoon rips through cementery: hundreds dead
5)Blind woman gets new kedny from dad she hasn´t seen in years
6)Milk drinkers are turning to powder
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