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Post Posted:: September 25th, 2017, 12:17 pm 
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On Punning by Theodore Hook (1788 - 1841).

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Theodore Edward Hook was an English man of letters and composer and briefly a civil servant in Mauritius. He is best known for his practical jokes, particularly the Berners Street hoax in 1810. The world's first postcard was received by Hook in 1840, which he probably posted to himself. Here he gives a humorous look at homophones - Summary by Wikipedia ( Wikipedia)

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My little dears who learn to read, pray early learn to shun
That very silly thing indeed, which people call a pun.
Read Entick's rules, and 'twill be found, how simple an offence
It is to make the self-same sound afford a double sense.

For instance, ale may make you ail, your aunt an ant may kill,
You in a vale may buy a veil and Bill may pay the bill.
Or, if to France your bark may steer, at Dover it may be,
A peer appears upon the pier, who, blind, still goes to sea.

Thus, one might say, when to a treat good friends accept our greeting,
'Tis meet that men who meet to eat should eat their meat when meeting.
Brawn on the board's no bore indeed although from boar prepared;
Nor can the fowl, on which we feed, foul feeding he declared.

Thus, one ripe fruit may be a pear, and yet be pared again,
And still no one, which seemeth rare until we do explain.
It therefore should be all your aim to spell with ample care;
For who, however fond of game, would choose to swallow hair?

A fat man's gait may make us smile, who has no gate to close;
The farmer, sitting on his stile no stylish person knows.
Perfumers, men of scents must be, some Scilly men are bright;
A brown man oft deep read we see, a black a wicked wight.

Most wealthy men good manors have, however vulgar they;
And actors still the harder slave the oftener they play.
So poets can't the baize obtain, unless their tailors choose;
While grooms and coachmen not in vain each evening seek the Mews.

The dyer, who by dying lives, a dire life maintains;
The glazier, it is known, receives his profits for his panes.
By gardeners thyme is tied, 'tis true, when spring is in its prime;
But time and tide won't wait for you if you are tied for time.

Thus now you see, my little dears, the way to make a pun;
A trick which you, through coming years, should sedulously shun.
The fault admits of no defence, for wheresoe'er 'tis found,
You sacrifice the sound for sense; the sense is never sound.

So let your words and actions, too, one single meaning prove,
And just in all you say or do, you'll gain esteem and love.
In mirth and play no harm you'll know when duty's task is done;
But parents ne'er should let ye go unpunished for a Pun.


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Post Posted:: September 26th, 2017, 10:02 pm 

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Here we go:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/onpunning_hook_lcw_128kb.mp3 3:03

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Post Posted:: September 27th, 2017, 11:10 am 
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Thank you Larry. :thumbs:

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Post Posted:: September 27th, 2017, 8:59 pm 

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David-

Scilliness :lol:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/onpunning_hook_ps_128kb.mp3
3:22

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Post Posted:: September 28th, 2017, 5:46 am 
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pschempf wrote:
David-

Scilliness :lol:

At least we are all here to hear the scilliness, thanks Phil. :thumbs:

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Post Posted:: September 29th, 2017, 10:04 am 

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And isle add to the scilly, hear at 4:15

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Post Posted:: September 29th, 2017, 12:01 pm 

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I could bearly manage it... Funny!

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/onpunning_hook_vb_128kb.mp3 3:55

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Post Posted:: September 29th, 2017, 1:03 pm 
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Thank you Bruce and tovarisch. :thumbs:

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Post Posted:: September 29th, 2017, 2:09 pm 

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Oh boy I misread 'read'... I'll re-upload a corrected one soon. :oops:

ETA: done. No change in length.

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Post Posted:: October 1st, 2017, 11:09 am 

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Here's my version.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/onpunning_hook_jcb_128kb.mp3

3:14

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Post Posted:: October 5th, 2017, 4:22 am 

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Sorry, David. These must be painful to listen to! It was good fun recording it, though.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/onpunning_hook_el_128kb.mp3
(3.58)

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Post Posted:: October 5th, 2017, 6:03 am 
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Thank you Joy and Erin. :thumbs: (I've heard much worst puns though) :P

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Post Posted:: October 5th, 2017, 5:35 pm 

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Well, this twisted my tongue. :lol: Fun poem, though!

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/onpunning_hook_tp_128kb.mp3 (3:06)

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Post Posted:: October 5th, 2017, 7:27 pm 
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Thank you Tomas. :thumbs:

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Post Posted:: October 7th, 2017, 4:32 pm 
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David,
3.18 - https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/onpunning_hook_mas_128kb.mp3
Cute poem!
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