META: The Problem of Humour

Martin Phipps martinphipps2 at
Mon Feb 25 03:11:53 PST 2008

On Feb 25, 2:52 pm, Tom Russell <milos_par... at> wrote:
> On Feb 25, 12:20 am, Martin Phipps <martinphip... at> wrote:
> > A pun is the lowest and yet potentially most effective form of humour:
> But, as Boswell reminds us, it is the highest form of wit.
> Which U. S. President has the dottiest reputation?  Ellipses S. Grant.
> What did the fork say when it was finally washed?  It's about tine.
> Charlotte Bronte was a terrible speller.  She wrote Jane Err.

See, now this is the sort of thing I was talking about.  If these puns
could have been used in the context of a story then they might have
actually been funny. :)


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