What is the difference between a pun and a double entendre?

Pun:

A guy walks into the psychiatrist's office wearing only Glad Wrap shorts. The shrink says, "Well, I can clearly see you're nuts."

Double entendre:

In the Southern US, there's a chain of fast-food delis named Wagner's Meat, with the old slogan "You Can't Beat Wagner's Meat!" These are usually situated next door to a Chicken Box take-out restaurant with the slogan "Tastes Like Ya Mama's!"

3 Replies to “What is the difference between a pun and a double entendre?”

  1. The question was – What is the difference between a pun and a double entendre?

    The pun is ‘the lowest form of humor’ and meant for that effect, possibly also with a strong dose of satire.

    The most recent public example of double entendre (strenuously denied) that I recall came on a Fox News show when a male participant indicated that he liked the way Ivanka Trump held a microphone. (Jesse Waters, 26 April 2017) I classify that as double entendre although the gent says it was misunderstood. In any event, I think there is much less double entendre today because 1) it’s rather less acceptable in the workplace and other environments and 2) people are now free to directly say things that in generations past, one could only allude to.

    You may think those positions are contradictory but they aren’t. In my opinion, in the current environment, a woman will not feel she has to just wonder ‘did he really say that? Could he have meant that?’ Now she is more likely to say ‘hey, are you talking to me / about me?’ (Yes, I suppose itis sexist to assume that it is a male vice but I have a lot of time experiencing that point of view.)

    In addition, as the ‘hook-up’ culture has spread in the last 15 years, there’s less need, I would think to ‘be cute’ about certain subjects, “you just do it.” (And that I suspect was a spontaneous double entendre.)

    Thanks for the A2A.

  2. A pun is a play on words where the humor comes from word replacement (usually a similar sounding word) or possibly by using the fact that a word might have multiple meanings. In a double entendre, the humor comes from the fact that the whole phrase can mean something different if the phrase is placed in a different context.

    For a specific example, "That's What She Said" jokes are double-entendres where the second context is very deliberately spelled out by the use of the catch phrase.

  3. Simple answer : The speaker is usually aware when they're dropping a PUN , as far as the double entendre not necessarily.

    A pun is a joke ( ALWAYS A JOKE ) exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.

    A double entendre is a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent. Can be a joke but very seldom is.

    Two similar concepts but very different ideas. 

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