15.3480, Sum: Film Titles in English Containing Puns

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Subject: 15.3480, Sum: Film Titles in English Containing Puns                                                                                                                                                                  

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Date: 12-Dec-2004
From: Fco. Javier Díaz Pérez < fjdiaz at ujaen.es >
Subject: Film Titles in English Containing Puns 

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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 14:23:06
From: Fco. Javier Díaz Pérez < fjdiaz at ujaen.es >
Subject: Film Titles in English Containing Puns 

Regarding query http://www.linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3237.html#2

I recently posted a query about original film titles in English which
contained a pun in order to analyze how they were translated into Spanish.

First of all, I would like to thank all those who responded:

John Reighard
Jila Ghomeshi
Ghil`ad Zuckermann
Salvador Valera Hernández
Thorsten Schröter
Eugenia Romanota
Matt Stevens
Israel ''izzy'' Cohen
Kim Schulte
Sandy Steever
Deborah Milam Berkley

The titles I received were the following:

Austin Powers: Goldmember 
Austin Powers: The Spy who shagged me 
Bend it like Beckham
Deep Blue Sea 
Devil's Advocate 
Enduring love
Eyes Wide Shut 
Fever Pitch 
Funny Bones
Good Will Hunting 
High Fidelity 
Hollow Man 
Holy Smoke
In the name of the Father 
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Private parts
Saving Grace
Space Jam
The Importance of Being Earnest 
The Naked Gun
too or to, e.g. Jungle2Jungle or Look who's talking too
Trading places
Weapons of Mass Distraction
You only live twice 

In my query I also asked about three titles I was not sure about, namely
'The Crying Game'' (Neil Jordan, 1994), ''The in-laws'' (Andrew Fleming,
2003), and ''The shipping news'' (Lasse Hallström, 2001). Although nobody
seemed to consider there was any pun in any of those titles at first, after
explaining the plots, several of those who answered my query agreed that
there could be a pun in "The In-laws" and in "The Crying Game", but not in
"The shipping news". 

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

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