Pun and Pain

Rick Knight (rknight@platinum.com)
Fri, 25 Jul 97 10:49:18 CST

Anton Sherwood wrote:

Tell me, is this funny? Is it a pun? :--

R: "I'm depressed because my girlfriend is out of town."
A: "Mine is too, probably."
R: "Your girlfriend? Who's that?"
A: "No idea. But whoever she is, odds are she's out of town."

Rick (comic relief) responds:

Not a pun. A pun is a play on words where one word or group of words
is substituted for another. These are ritually the punch lines to
"knock-knock" jokes.

Was it funny? In a Rodney Dangerfield-esque type of way. More
poignant (that's moving in on pain).