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Writing puns

When writing down a homophonic pun, which word should be used? Take, for example, the following:

What did the fish say when it swam into a wall? “Damn!”

Now, using the more common, more obvious word, “damn”, means the joke reads like it is spoken (in that the pun isn’t obvious). However, it does lend itself to a single reading more than the spoken version does, so perhaps it would be better — if there were a danger of the joke being missed — to use the less obvious form, “dam”.

Posted by jamie on July 6, 2004 12:02+12:00


Why don't you write it phonetically instead?

Posted by: Alan on July 7, 2004 12:29+12:00

I asked for that, didn’t I? :)

Posted by: Jamie on July 7, 2004 18:10+12:00