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...pun in Latin, that will answer to it; as, to give an idea of the double endings in Hudibras, we must have recourse to a similar practice in the old monkish doggrel. Dennis, the fiercest oppugner of puns in ancient or modern times, professes himself highly tickled with the "a stick" chiming to "ecclesiastic." Yet what is this but a species of pun, a verbal consonance?
IX.--THAT THE WORST PUNS ARE THE BEST
If by worst be only meant the most far-fetched and startling, we agree to it.A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.It is an antic which does not stand upon manners, but comes bounding into the presence, and does not show the less comic for being dragged in sometimes by the head and shoulders. What though it limp a little, or prove defective in one leg--all the better. A pun may easily be too curious and artificial. Who has not at one time or other been at a party of professors (himself perhaps an old offender in that line), where, after ringing a round of the most ingenious conceits, every... Lamb, Charles
Excerpt from The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb — Volume 2 Elia and The Last Essays of Elia · This quote is about puns · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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