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Humorists say every pun is its own re-word

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Lloyd Dissmore of Kenosha, Wisconsin ranked 3rd at the 2006 O. Henry Pun-Off. (Courtesy of Brian Oakley)

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The O. Henry Pun-Off is held in Austin, Texas each May. (Courtesy of Brian Oakley)

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In the "High-Lies & Low-Puns" competition, punsters battle head-to-head under strict time limits. (Courtesy of Brian Oakley)

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At the 2006 O. Henry Pun-Off in Austin, Texas, a crowd of hundreds gathered to watch the battle for word domination. (Courtesy of Brian Oakley)

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A good pun is like a good steak: a rare medium well done. Get it? If you don’t, you’re not alone. When it comes to puns, not everyone is laughing.