Sunday, May 01, 2011

Giveaway: The Pun Also Rises

In combination with my review of The Pun Also Rises I have the opportunity to give away a copy of this incredibly interesting non-fiction book. Click here to read my review.

The summary of the book from Goodreads is:
A former word pun champion's funny, erudite, and provocative exploration of puns, the people who make them, and this derided wordplay's remarkable impact on history.

The pun is commonly dismissed as the lowest form of wit, and punsters are often unpopular for their obsessive wordplay. But such attitudes are relatively recent developments. In The Pun Also Rises, John Pollack-a former World Pun Champion and presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton-explains why such wordplay is significant: It both revolutionized language and played a pivotal role in making the modern world possible. Skillfully weaving together stories and evidence from history, brain science, pop culture, literature, anthropology, and humor, The Pun Also Rises is an authoritative yet playful exploration of a practice that is common, in one form or another, to virtually every language on earth.

At once entertaining and educational, this engaging book answers fundamental questions: Just what is a pun, and why do people make them? How did punning impact the development of human language, and how did that drive creativity and progress? And why, after centuries of decline, does the pun still matter?
You can win a copy of The Pun Also Rises by leaving a comment letting me know how you feel about puns. You must be a follower to enter. Make sure to include your e-mail so you can be contacted if you win. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new one will be picked. This is open to the US and Canada only. No PO Boxes please. It ends May 15th at 11:59 PM MST.


  1. I love puns, they are usually funny.
    I am a gfc follower.

  2. I love puns. The cornier the better.

  3. Normally I think puns are worthy of a loud groan, but on occasion they can be funny and clever.

    beths0103 at yahoo dot com

  4. I like puns, but I have a friend who takes them WAY too far.

  5. I think puns are funny, unless they are directed at me because of my name. Grace type puns do not amuse me.

    graceonorato at gmail dot com

  6. I have a very corny sense of humor and I love words and word play, so puns are right up my alley, as you can tell from the name of my blog! Thanks for the giveaway.

    ReadHandedLibrarain at gmail dot com

  7. Generally, I enjoy puns but in some cases they can be too over-the-top silly or alternately fly right over-my-head. However, a well delivered, well chosen pun can be hilarious.

  8. puns are funny

    gfc follower

  9. I like puns. They are clever


  10. I love puns! My family and I have very cheesy senses of humour, and I really appreciate a good pun.

    openupthesky42 (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. I love puns, and verbal play on words in general!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  12. I like them...they are funny.

    GFC follower

    pocokat AT gmail DOT com

  13. Puns make me think - English is my third language, after all. So when I get them - or better, when I make them - I get all excited! :)

    apereiraorama @ gmail . com

  14. Puns are my favourite type of play on words. For school assignments and other articles I write, I try to add in puns for humour - I try my hardest in reviews to include them, too!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    shyluck13 AT hotmail DOT com
    GFC - Lissa(old)

  15. A well timed pun can lead to one of the best laughs out there! Would love to read a whole book about them! I follow with GFC and you can reach me at

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. I love when I use a pun and then pun intended...LOL...puns are groovy...please enter me...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom and I already GFC follow *heavensent1*


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