WORDS ABOUT WORDS
Among the most fruitful mistakes is that which brings together in the human mind the things or the ideas designated by the same sound or by closely related sounds which call out naturally to each other. This operation is the very essence of the pun; it has been one of the most powerful factors of the human mind.
Frederic Paulhan, The Psychology of the Pun, 1897
Posted on January 7, 1999 at 8:48 AM