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Puns

(This was originally written on 9th October 2013)

OK. I’m just gonna come out and say it. I don’t like puns.

I tried, I really tried. I used to assume that I must like puns just because everyone who is anything like me loves puns. Puns are like the default humour for geeks. But.

I don’t know, puns annoy me. They stress me out. I don’t like not understanding what they’re meant to say. It’s like the epitome of ambiguous meaning – there is no correct interpretation. I just feel vaguely uncomfortable and confused when I read/hear them. Then I have to go to the effort of trying to work out what the two (or more) meanings are, and then think really carefully about how those meanings relate and why that relationship makes the pun humorous… it’s not worth it. I don’t get any fun even when I do understand them, I just remain slightly confused and irritated.

I feel better now I’ve got that off my chest.