Driving along today I was hit by a thought..bang. I was thinking about Chinese jokes..about puns to be specific. I was thinking how many homonyms there are but further how many countless more there would be if you could ignore the tones. This led me to wonder if Chinese comedians ever try and get around this by kinda botching/fuzzing their tones...deliberately making the tone a bit hard to catch/a bit ambiguous in order to make a pun work. Is this possible? Is it ever done? [or is it just a learner like me where the tone is a "what the?" ] If so,any examples?
Not sure if your comment is appropriate? Check our Commenting Policy first.
New lesson idea? Please contact us.