“You’re An Oxymoron.” : Puns, Laughter, and Humour.

I’ve already mentioned my love for puns before, haven’t I?

Just in case you missed it, here’s my motto:

Hey, look, someone made a GIF of my motto.

Now that that’s out of the way, let me share with you my plan for conquering the world! ….Wait, no, sorry, that’s not right – I’m reading the wrong flashcard. Hold on while I search for the right one.

Here we are. Ladies and gentlemen, let me share with you…oh, you know what? Thought I’d try something new, but this whole flashcard thing isn’t working. Let’s just wing it.

(Dramatically throws papers into the air.)

Wikipedia defines a pun as: The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play that suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect.

I define a pun as: A pun-ishment that packs a pun-ch for those who take the pun out of everything.

It’s expected that puns are a big part of my vocabulary, more so my conversations. Sometimes they go unnoticed, but other times – put it this way, the people who heard them wouldn’t speak to me for days. With this tidbit in mind, it was quite a surprise for me a few weeks ago; I found myself in a pun battle with a literary twist, my opponent being a friend who loves a good play on words as much as I do.


Me: I’m insane.

Friend: No, you’re an oxy-moron.

Me: You better put a full-stop to that.

Friend: Too late. I was never one for pun-ctuatility.

Me: Continue and you’ll be in a com(m)a.

Friend:  I’ve got more, but maybe I should refrain from them.

Me: Do that once more, and it’ll be a strike-through.

Friend: You’d better make a dash for it then.

Me: Nah, that will create too much of a bracket.

Friend: Well, if this isn’t an anti-climax. Now what’s there to simile about?

Me: Hyperbolically, you should know this. A pun is it’s own reword.

Both: (erupts into peals of laughter)


If you’re still reading this, congratulations! You made it through!

I was ecstatic that someone had challenged me to a duel of puns, because not only is it a battle of words, it is a war of wits. There we were, two minds working overtime, coming up with comebacks at an alarming rate. I was surprised at myself, because normally I can’t conjure up a good retort to save my life.

My brain.

Yet, there was something about that battle that kept me thinking about it. I could feel the adrenaline rush in the heat of the moment, when I could shoot comebacks at someone who would shoot them right back at me. There was something masked under the tension of the puns we threw, and the echoes of laughter that escaped us. That something had an energy you don’t get very often. It was a fun lighthearted conversation, not to mention really friendly, but it was a war all the same. I never thought I would put these words together, but it was a war of humour. Humour that gives my life a little more colour and a lot more music. Honestly, I think this war – one of humour – is the only war this world needs.

There is a difference between living and existing. Both are the same, and yet mean so different. What sets the former apart is that extra zap of energy, which mere existence lacks.

For me, it comes in all sorts, but the largest portion of the pie chart indicates humour. What they say really is true, laughter is the best medicine. There’s just something about having a good laugh that refreshes you and gives you a new take on your life at that instant. We all find different things funny, and that is what makes humour all the more interesting. I prefer dry humour, sarcasm, and of course, puns! XD

Although it may seem ironic, perhaps a little laughter is what we all need when seriousness overtakes humour on the highway of life.

Find out what makes you laugh, giggle, chuckle, and guffaw. Find out your style of humour. Find the things that will get you to smile when you cry. Above all, find the time for laughter.

Because they are the little things you will smile back upon; they are the big things you will laugh about.

Catch you later!

Niru 🙂

P.S. Yes, I have been MIA for a week or so, but that is only because I was on an unexpected trip that left me with erratic access to the Internet. The timing of the trip didn’t let me schedule any posts either. :/ The New Year’s resolution is very much still on! Stay happy, read, comment and enjoy!

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2 thoughts on ““You’re An Oxymoron.” : Puns, Laughter, and Humour.

  1. That is a very witty conversation. I average one pun, a day, that’ it! My Bloke is good at them but dislikes them used as humour because he doesn’t get them WTF!? I love it when you meet someone new and you can be cheeky and witty with them and they banter back :oD

    • Thank you! A pun a day keeps the gloom away 😀 I’ve never heard of being good at puns but not getting them before! Oh yes, it is an amazing feeling, being cheeky with someone when you know they’ll fight back. 🙂

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