Clever Word Play · 2 March 2024

I like clever word play. Even when I do not recognize that it is clever word play.

Now, I know that I am not that clever. Or funny. Or punny. Or anything that resembles entertaining. But still, I like a good pun or other word play. I have even used some of those clever word plays. Sometimes without even meaning to. Which is par for the course. I am never funny or clever or entertaining when I try to be. I am usually funny, clever, or entertaining when I do something dumb.

I did make a somewhat clever word play in my previous blog post. “Words are interesting. But do not take my word for it.” Okay. Maybe not that clever. But it is at least interesting.

Think about it. There are two different definitions of WORD being used in the two sentences. The first word is just a normal use of the word. A word is just a part of language that stands for something. The second use of word is the notion of the trustworthiness of a person.

(By the way, I am not trying to see how many times I can use the word, WORD, in a blog post. I have already done that before with a different word. In fact, I think I wrote a whole blog post with just one word. … … … If you wondered where I went just now, I looked through a few of my blog posts to see if I really had done that. Apparently, I just thought of using a single word in a blog post. But I did post a blog about Jibber Jabber. I used Jibber Jabber quite a few times in that post, but they were not the only two words. Although I seem to recall trying that. Ah well. So much for great ideas.)

So where was I? Oh yes. Word.

Okay. My clever word play was not. That is, it was not clever word play. But still, I had to laugh at myself for not even thinking about word play. After all, I do fancy myself a writer. Then again, I sometimes wonder why I am writing. I suppose I do it because it is part of my calling. I do it because I am supposed to write.

At any rate.

I started this blog post thinking I might say something clever or witty about clever word play. Turns out that I do not really know much about clever word play. Oh sure. I can sometimes spot clever word play. But whenever I say something that might be considered clever word play, somebody else usually needs to point it out. I never realize that it was clever. Which begs the question. If a person did not mean to say something clever, it just came out that way, was it really clever?

Maybe someday I will be able to use clever word play on purpose. But I would not hold my breath.

© 2024 Michael T. Miyoshi

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