Speling in die spelling



Die Engelse het seker heelwat bydraes tot die (veral) Westerse beskawing gelewer met sportsoorte soos rugby, krieket en uiteraard sokker. So ook in die kookkuns en nog wat. Maar die een ding wat my nog altyd intrigeer is hul voorliefde weer die sogenaamd “wittisism” of “pun”; iets wat by hulle in hul sosiale verkeer hoog aangeslaan word.

Nietemin, gister stuur iemand vir my ‘n lysie met “puns” en ek het dit só geniet dat ek besluit het om vanoggend ‘n Nuuswekker daaroor te pleeg. Spesiaal vir jou sardoniese plesier, natuurlik.

Ter agtergrond: by Wikipedia is die volgende inskrywing oor die  “pun” gemaak: “The pun, or paronomasia, is a form of word play which exploits the ambiguity of a statement, allowing it to be understood in multiple ways for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. These ambiguities can arise from the intentional use and abuse of homophonic, homographic, metonymic, or metaphorical language. A pun must be deliberate – an unintentional substitution of similar words is called a malapropism. Henri Bergson defined a pun as a sentence or utterance in which ‘two different sets of ideas are expressed, and we are confronted with only one series of words’.”

Onder aan vanoggend se Nuuswekker dan die lysie woordspelings wat my soveel plesier verskaf het. Geniet dit.


En dan is daar sommer ‘n paar besonderse bydraes deur ons gereelde bloggers waaraan jy jou vanoggend kan verlustig: Bernard Odendaal skryf oor die woordtekorte by Robert Frost en Totius se lykdigte terwyl Charl-Pierre Naudé dit weer het oor kwessies rondom vertaling.

Op die nippertjie het ons darem ook nog ‘n bydrae deur Johann Lodewyk Marais ontvang vir vandeesmaand se Blogfokus. Graag maak ons dan ook bekend dat sy lieflike villanelle oor Diego Maradona aangewys is as die wenner vir hierdie maand. Dankie ook aan Chris van der WesthuizenPieter Hugo en René Bohnen vir hul bydraes, en natuurlik vir Joan Hambidge vir haar insiggewende besinning oor die sokker.

Voorlopig gaan ons egter die Blogfokus opskort; ons mag dit (dalk) later weer hervat. Voortaan sal ons dié spasie gebruik om die fokus eerder op bepaalde “vaste” inhoud te plaas … Soos byvoorbeeld die nuwe digstring deur Jelleke Wierenga waarin sy vertel oor die ontstaansgeskiedenis van haar gedig “Reënboognasie: Fear dot com“.

Lekker lees en geniet die dag wat op hande is … Die week is alweer kapot.  

Mooi bly.



Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine.

A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

Dijon vu – the same mustard as before.

Practice safe eating – always use condiments.

Shotgun wedding – A case of wife or death.

A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.

A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.

Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.

When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.

A bicycle can’t stand on its own because it is two tired.

What’s the definition of a will? (It’s a dead give away.)

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes

She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but broke it off.

A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

If you don’t pay your exorcist, you get repossessed

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered

You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.

Local Area Network in Australia – the LAN down under.

Every calendar’s days are numbered.

A lot of money is tainted – It taint yours and it taint mine.

A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat

He had a photographic memory that was never developed.

A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison is a small medium at large.

Once you’ve seen one shopping centre, you’ve seen a mall.

Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis.

Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.

Acupuncture is a jab well done.



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Een Kommentaar op “Speling in die spelling”

  1. Wysneus :

    Nog ‘n paar. Afrikaans is nie regtig pun-tasties nie, of hoe? Hoekom nie?

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