Titlemania I: Puns in Titles

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message 1: by Bibliotheque (new)

Bibliotheque Any chance of adding isbn 9780965313643 ? Haven't read it yet, but I adore the pun in the title...


message 2: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Bibliotheque wrote: "Any chance of adding isbn 9780965313643 ? Haven't read it yet, but I adore the pun in the title..."

Added it, really any kind of word play will be welcome--reversals, substitutions, purposeful malapropisms. I'm a Big Tent kinda guy.


message 3: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn A TITLE I WISH EXISTED: One Nation For Witchitstans


message 4: by Thom (last edited Oct 13, 2009 04:05AM) (new)

Thom Dunn And.....A Thoroughfare For Freedumbeet

or A Thoreau Fair For Freedom Beat


message 5: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn A Man For All Seasonings.......(?)

Famously, Allen Sherman "Was feeling rather bored

He was tramping through the warehouse

Where THE DRAPES OF ROTH are Stored"


message 6: by Thom (last edited Oct 14, 2009 10:01AM) (new)

Thom Dunn Glory, Glory Harry Looooo-ouis etc.


message 7: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn WRITING WITH A PURPOSE........The pun is on the spine, where we see a boy gleefully....

RIDING WITH A PORPOISE ! Gotcha, James McCrimmon !


message 8: by Andrew (new)

Andrew How is "The Uncommon Reader" a pun ?


message 9: by Bibliotheque (new)

Bibliotheque Andrew (Ace) wrote: "How is "The Uncommon Reader" a pun ?"

It comes from a phrase in an essay by Samuel Johnson, "I rejoice to concur with the common reader; for by the common sense of readers, uncorrupted by literary prejudices, after all the refinements of subtilty and the dogmatism of learning, must be finally decided all claim to poetical honours." (Quoted by Virginia Woolf in her own collection of essays, THE COMMON READER).

"Common" here means "everyday, unpretentious", but the word can also possess the secondary meaning of "vulgar". About forty years ago, calling someone "common" was to imply they had no taste or standards.

Now, Bennett's book is about the reading habits of a fictionalized Queen Elizabeth II - someone who could never be described with the word "common" - hence the conversion to "UNcommon". The pun depends on the two meanings of the word "common".

Wow, I just killed the joke deader than mud, didn't I? But there you go.


message 10: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Thanks. :-)


message 11: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Bibliotheque wrote: "Andrew (Ace) wrote: "How is "The Uncommon Reader" a pun ?"

It comes from a phrase in an essay by Samuel Johnson, "I rejoice to concur with the common reader; for by the common sense of readers, ..."


Beware of Brits explicating Puns !


message 12: by Bibliotheque (new)

Bibliotheque Thom wrote:

"Beware of Brits explicating Puns!"


ROFL!




message 13: by Richard (new)

Richard Thom, you've Dunn a great job on this list!


message 14: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Richard wrote: "Thom, you've Dunn a great job on this list!"

When John Donne and his wife Ann were in financial trouble, he wrote:

John Donne,
Ann Donne
Undone.


message 15: by Richard (new)

Richard If it were donne when ’tis donne, then ’twere well
It were donne quickly...


message 16: by Cindy (new)

Cindy What about Something Rotten? That's just a Shakespeare quote, not a pun.


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