Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Punning, Alice and Addison

Here's a delightful quote by some guy called Addison on punning that I discovered in the introduction to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
There is no kind of false wit which has been so recommended by the practice of all ages, as that which consists of the jingle of words, and is comprehended under the general name of punning. It is indeed impossible to kill a weed, which the soil has a natural dispositon to produce. The seeds of punning are in the minds of all men, and though they may be subdued by reason, reflection and good sense, they will be very apt to shoot up in the greatest genius, that is not broken and cultivated by the rules of art.

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