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Terry
How is this considered a pun? It is a common misconception among many musicians and non-musicians alike that notes are more important than rests. This is not surprising as it is natural to associate music with the sounds that create the melody, rather than with the quiet spaces between the notes. Because rests are silent, people often misinterpret these empty spaces as unimportant. But, imagine what would happen if a song was made up of only notes, and no rests. Aside from the fact that the “rests would be history” (pun intended), there would be a wall of sound with no reference point or discernible backbone to the music. +++++ What pun could we feel in The sentence "the rests would be history"? How is this considered a pun? I don't understand it.
Aug 2, 2019 3:15 AM
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A. "The rest is history" is a common phrase. It is used when you are explaining the origin of something famous, and you have reached the famous part that everyone already knows. "Do you know about the origin of tea? A scholar was sitting beneath a tea bush boiling water, a leaf fell in, he drank the water and felt energized, and the rest is history." B. "X is history" is a completely different expression. Here, we are saying that X is useless and outdated, or that we have rejected it. "Do you have any cassette tapes?" "What? No! They're history! I threw away all of my cassette tapes a long time ago!" Here, the writer is using structure B, but it sounds like (s)he is using structure A. So, it is a pun.
August 2, 2019
Terry
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English, Korean
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