Patrick Hughes & Paul Hammond

When the authors began to research Upon the Pun they were startled to discover that they were starting from scratch. From the cheapest scrapbook to the weightiest tome, confusion reigns on the subject of dual meaning. Hammond and Hughes have done two things: they have given the first ever clear and coherent definitions of wordplay, of the pun, play on words, double entendre and related forms; and, believing that pictures are a language with their own rhetoric, they have constructed a parallel model for visual puns, visual double meaning, visual double entendres and so on.

This is both a reference book and tongue in-cheek account of puns, their usages and meanings.

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • First published by: W.H. ALLEN, London 1978
  • ISBN: 978-0-491-02093-0

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