Posts Tagged ‘puns’

Havin’ pun!

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

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I’ve always loved the art of playing with words, and this picture, pasted on the side of a temperamental printer, captures something lovely.  The jamming printer is clearly a bad thing, and a cause of much frustration.  Bob Marley was talking about a joyous thing when he was singing his song Jammin [click the picture to hear it.]  Same word with a totally different emotional meaning.  Language is so subjective and its meaning so ephemeral, you need to know the context to comprehend what was meant.  A traffic jam is a source of frustration and misery and strawberry jam on a scone a thing of beauty!

Email, texting and other instant forms of ‘communicating’ just make it easier and easier to misunderstand one another!  I’m not against them, simply suggesting that the meaning that others take from our words is not necessarily what we hoped!  So if it is important your audience really ‘gets’ you, then take the time to express your meaning clearly!

“Ooh, yeah! All right!
We’re jammin’:
I wanna jam it wid you.
We’re jammin’, jammin’,
And I hope you like jammin’, too.

Ain’t no rules, ain’t no vow, we can do it anyhow:
I’n’I will see you through,
‘Cos everyday we pay the price with a little sacrifice,
Jammin’ till the jam is through.

We’re jammin’ -
To think that jammin’ was a thing of the past;
We’re jammin’,
And I hope this jam is gonna last.”  

Bob Marley