20 Nov 2018

James Geary - Wit and the joy of puns

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 3:10 pm on 20 November 2018

We'd all love to be that person who pulls out that perfect witty line, a funny quip or joke with impeccable timing.

We are all witty says James Geary, deputy curator at Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Some of us just need more practice at it than others. And the much maligned pun? Geary says puns represent wisdom and deserve elevation not ridicule. 

He explains the various forms of wit and how to use them with maximum effect in his new book, Wit’s End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It

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Photo: jamesgeary.com