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The French philosopher Henri Bergson described puns as phrases in which “two different sets of ideas are expressed, and we are confronted with only one series of words.” The ancient Egyptians used puns in the development of myths and interpretation of dreams, and the Maya are known for having used puns in their hieroglyphic writing.  Although Samuel Johnson disparagingly referred to puns as the "lowest form of humor," many, including that word-play genius Shakespeare, disagree. I like this analogy by writer Adam Gopnik:

Wit and puns aren't just decor in the mind; they're essential signs that the mind knows it's on, recognizes its own software, can spot the bugs in its own program.
Wiki says that "Puns may be regarded as in-jokes or idiomatic constructions, given that their usage and meaning are entirely local to a particular language and its culture." LOLspeak certainly bears this out. Here's a collection that may be of interest to critter lovers.

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The goodness of the true pun is in the direct ratio of its intolerability.
~Edgar Allan Poe
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Punning is a talent which no man affects to despise but he that is without it.  ~Jonathan Swift
A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.
 ~Doug Larson

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In the pun, two strings of thought are tangled into one acoustic knot.
~Arthur Koestler
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Puns are the droppings of soaring wits.
~Victor Hugo
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Pun: A form of wit to which wise men stoop and fools aspire. ~Ambrose Bierce
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There are several punny memes.
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I never knew an enemy to puns who was not an ill-natured man. ~Charles Lamb

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For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation. ~James Boswell

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Chairman Meow
Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted. ~Fred Allen

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Condescending Dog
Puns are the highest form of literature. ~Alfred Hitchcock
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Bad Joke Eel

A pun is a short quip followed by a long groan.  ~Author Unknown
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