Please note, there are other types of humour that commonly appear in Language Analysis pieces. See also: sarcasm and word play.
“All the King has to worry about is his receding heir line.”
A pun is a form of word play that insinuates two or more meanings within only one set of words by exploiting the potential for multiple meanings within the same or similar-sounding words. In the above example the pun is on the use of “heir” referring to descendants, in replace of “hair.”
Puns are intended to be humorous and memorable. However, a writer does not simply want a reader to laugh at their word play; writers generally use puns in order to combine humour with other persuasive techniques to emphasise them.
The use of humour may change the tone of a piece to be more light-hearted and can serve to re-position the writer, bringing them down to the same level as the reader.
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