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A brilliant pun

May 29, 2019

I love a good pun (of course like everybody else I hate a bad pun) and today I came across a brilliant one. It occurred in a Mick Herron novel, Real Tigers (if you don’t know Herron’s fantastic, witty, cynical spy novels, get started on them as soon as you can). Dialogue between two characters:

“…Horses for courses.”

“I know they do.”

You might need to say that aloud to get it.

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  1. Simon Carter permalink

    I went to a Mick Herron talk at the previously mentioned Daunt Books in Marylebone and he’s an entertaining speaker. All the Slough House novels are good; he’s really added something to the genre.
    Slightly related is Dorothy Parker’s line when challenged to come up with a pun on horticulture:
    You can lead a whore to culture but you can’t make her think

  2. John Dunn permalink

    It took me a long time to work that one out, in part perhaps because I am naturally slow on the uptake, though also because ‘horses’ and ‘courses’ don’t rhyme in my variety of English (modified West Riding).

    I once read the following piece of wisdom on a calendar: The lowest form of humour is a pun — made by somebody else.

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