In Defense Of The Pun

In Defense Of The Pun

This isn't a punishment.
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They say the world is divided into two types of people: those who love puns and those who can't stand them. For as long as I remember, I have been type A and in the spirit of the Halloween season, my affinity for punning has increased exponentially with the arrival of the Laffy Taffy wrapper. For me, the biggest little treasure is the joke, oftentimes a pun, that can be found on the backside of the wrapper. For anyone unfamiliar with the nature of the pun, the simple definition, courtesy of Merriam-Webster, describes it as a "humorous way of using a word of phrase so that more than one meaning is suggested." The pun has been in the public eye for quite some time, first heralded by Shakespeare and then falling out of fashion during the late 18th century with the help of London's literary tastemaker Joseph Addison. Now, with the proliferation of the meme, puns could just be ready to strike the scene yet again. For those already dissuaded by the mere mention of the dreaded pun — you've probably established which of your friends fall into this category — hear me out. While some of you may cringe at the two-tailed terrors and question your loved one's feeble sense of humor, you should remember that some delight in the simplicity of a pun. So to settle things in the war on wordplay for both the punned and the punner, here are some reasons you should give puns a chance.

1. They're great for maintaining interest in otherwise tedious conversations.

If you keep the sting of your clearly hot pun mild, you can tickle someone's tastebuds just enough to make them smile — or cringe.


2. Shakespeare used 'em!

Having been the cornerstone for the characterization of many of Shakespeare's characters, a strong affiliation with the world's greatest playwright is reason enough to pun here and there. Shakespeare loved a good double entendre.

Romeo and Juliet (Act I scene IV) Romeo: “Give me a torch: I am not for this ambling. Being but heavy, I will bear the light.”

3. It was highly praised by the Romans.

Although claimed to be the lowest form of wit and frowned upon for confusing the listener, Roman orators Cicero and Quintilian claimed punning prowess "was a sign of intellectual suppleness and rhetorical skill." In fact, much of the world held puns in high regard before The Enlightenment, a period in which scientists and scholars sought after rationality and clarity.

4. The more you pun, the more you know.

Becoming pun-literate allows one to tackle some of the most circulated puns head-on. The best thing about the art of punning is how it teaches you to stay on your toes and synthesize multiple disciplines to connect seemingly unrelated words solely based off of their homophonic qualities. I challenge anyone to a pun-off — I've been reading the back of every Laffy Taffy I've ever come across. If you're looking for a good time and a brief overview of some great (poe)try, try this BuzzFeed article.


What's Edgar Allen Poe's favorite TV show?

I don't a(poe)logize.

5. They're funny!

At the end of the day, whether you're an avid punner or a beginner, we could all benefit from a good laugh. Perhaps the most powerful feeling is the one you get when you've cracked that one perfect pun. Like little treasures in the sandbox of our subconscious thoughts, they can entertain and relax us when we need it most, bringing out our childish playfulness.

What do you call a dog magician?

And currently my personal favorite...

'Nuff said.

If I've inspired you to pursue the engaging sport of punning, feel free to refer to Wiki-How, a website that's ironically more socially acceptable than the pun. Regardless of your stance on the unmentionable, please always practice courtesy when pitching a pun.

Play ball.

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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The 7 Best Food Places Near UCLA You Need to Try ASAP

We have great dining food AND restaurants around us? Wow, we are #blessed.

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Westwood is the home to UCLA and offers plenty of interesting and diverse dining options for students and locals alike. Since the area is firmly Bruin territory, you will find lots of on-the-go, affordable eats along with a mix of more modern and upscale restaurants.

Though I definitely haven't had all the food Westwood occurs, being here two years now (omg already!?), I think I can safely recommend certain places to eat.

1. Shamshiri Grill

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South Westwood Boulevard is often referred to as Little Tehran, so most of that area is just Persian restaurants. Shamshiri Grill just makes the best meat and whenever I go there, I always order my meal with their special hot sauce, that is to DIE for. A must try.

2. Gushi

I can not tell you how many times I've been to this place. Located near Fat Sal's, you may be tempted to just miss it but let me tell you that is a mistake. I always get their Gushi Bowl which is just heavenly and the right amount to make me feel satisfied without being too filling. Be generous with the Teriyaki and Sriracha sauces on your meat and you are guaranteed to have a good time.

3. Pinches Tacos

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I know Mexican food is very common wherever you go but Pinches Tacos is aesthetically pleasing and their food? Even more so. It just tastes so good! I definitely recommend the Asada fries and any tacos.

4. Saffron and Rose

Saffron and Rose is a Persian ice cream parlor like 10 minutes away from Shamshiri Grill and the quality and variety of ice cream is truly impressive. I would not have known my weakness for Jasmine ice cream if I hadn't tried this place and as always, the Saffron and Rose (it's namesake) deserves to be the name of the restaurant because of how rich in flavor it is.

5. Maharaja

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I am very particular about my Indian food but the buffets in the afternoons at Maharaja definitely passes my checklist. I actually went there for my birthday so that just tells you how the food doesn't disappoint.

6. Nekter Juice Bar

I found out about this place very recently and I'm so glad I did because their bowls are so good. They also serve smoothies which I haven't had the pleasure to taste yet but I expect the same kind of quality. I am very partial to the Bruin Bowl and the Dragonfruit Bowl.

7. BJs

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They have $3 Pizookies on Tuesday.

I am always there on Tuesday.

Are these two facts connected? Maybe.

What can I say? I just love the restaurants here.

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