Some people are “pun people” (pun intended), and others roll their eyes at puns as tomfoolery. Whichever side you’re on, John Pollack writes in <i>The Pun Also Rises</i> that puns are experiencing a “pun renaissance” in our culture and are a part of virtually every language spoken. Who better than a former presidential speechwriter and winner of the 1995 O. Henry World Championship Pun-Off to discuss the role puns play all around us in movie titles, news headlines, and billboard ads? Pollock joins Patt to explain how puns can make you smarter, how puns have impacted the development of human language and language creativity, and ultimately why, after years of existence, puns still matter.
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