The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of wordplay that suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect.These ambiguities can arise from the intentional use of homophonic, homographic ,metonymic, or figurative language. A pun differs from a malspropism in that a malapropism is an incorrect variation on a correct expression, while a pun involves expressions with multiple correct interpretations. Puns may be regarded as in-jokes or idiomatic constructions, as their usage and meaning are specific to a particular language and its culture.
Puns have a long history in human writing.SumerianCuneiform and Egytian hieroglyph were originally based on punning systems, and the Roman playwright Plautus was famous for his puns and word games.Punning has been credited as the fundamental concept behind alphabets, writing, and even human civilization.
Here are some pun riddles.
1.Did you hear about the man who got cooled to absolute zero?
Answer: He is OK now ( OK= zero Kelvin)
2.Why are fish so smart?
Answer: Because they're always in "school"? (School:Collective noun for fish)
3.What did the nuclear physicist have for lunch?
Answer: Fish and Chips ("Fish and" sounds like Fission)