What is an example of a pun that represents life?What is an example of a pun that represents life?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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This is a very interesting question and the prelude to long thoughtfulness about the qualities of life; words that have punable meanings or punable homonyms; and how the two might be put together. My result is this: Life's paths suffer reversals although the paths of life allow for no reversals (copyrighted)!!

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I was not sure what you were talking about when I read your question, but the responses were very interesting. My favorite sayings come from Ben Franklin. I think they are just as humorous and just as relevant today. Everyone knows "A penny saved is a penny earned" and "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealth and wise" but my favorite is, "Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.". I am not sure why I like that one. I guess because it's cute!
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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Don't forget "life's a beach and then you die." or "The pun is mightier than the sword." or "every day is a gift, that's why they call it the present." or "I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it." or "There is always light at the end of the tunnel. If there's not it's not a tunnel." or "Get a new car for your spouse. It'll be a great trade-in."

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Oh my, I wonder how I can make this appropriate for eNotes.  Hmmmm, ... how about "S*** Happens!"  Ha!  Definitely a pun that represents life.  The play on words is thus:  humans defecate, yes, and bad things always happen in life as well.  I am reminded of the scene in Forrest Gump where he runs through a pile of dog poop and "creates" the slogan.  No better pun on life.

Kind of sad that my usually-optimistic mind went there, but it did nonetheless.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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I'm reminded of two similar puns used by two different companies.

  • "When it rains, it pours."  (Morton Salt)
  • "When it pours, it reigns." (Michelin Tires)

Then there is the classic by Groucho Marx:

  • "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." 
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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I guess any witticism that captures the chaos, frenzy and larger-than-life nature of real life (was that a paradox?!) is worthy of being included in your list. One of my favourites that seems to focus on the surreal nature of life: Have you heard the one about the surreal tractor that went up a road and turned into a field?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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How about "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade" ?

Or, perhaps, "Life is just a bowl of cherries...but mind the pits!"

Some others (I don't know where they came from...just heard them from time to time):

"Old students never die, they just get degraded."

"Old Librarians never die, they expire in three weeks."

"Insanity is hereditary...you get it from your kids!"

"The more things change, the more the stay the insane."

"Two wrongs make a riot."

"A day without word play is a day without punshine."

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bigdreams1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Well, first let's start by defining a pun. According to dictionary.com, a pun is a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.

Now that we have the definition of the word, there seem to be several ways one could answer your question.

The way I interpret is...finding a pun that makes fun of a typical situation one comes upon in life. With that idea in mind, some of the following seem to be good candidates.

Now that congress is abolishing the marriage tax, they will be increasing the sin tax.  (which is a play on the idea that without the sanctity of marriage, relationships will be more sinful...but it also touches on the current societal idea that things like soda, and cigarettes should be taxed to fund government programs).



(Making fun of the idea that life is always crazy, so even if it changes it will stay the same.)


The more things change, the more they stay insane.

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s-ahsan | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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the simplest answer for this is "I write what i don't want to write"

seriously, life is parallel to this you do what you don't (sometimes) intend or plan to do.