Time Essay: Punning: The Candidate at Word and Ploy

IN his scramble for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Edmund Muskie has uttered several statements so shocking to the sensibilities that his own aide has called them "a disease." Candidate Muskie obviously regards them as pretty amusing. Actually, both men are correct; Muskie has simply succumbed to paronophilia—the inordinate love of puns. Twice in New Hampshire he has assured audiences that the state cannot be taken for granite, and at the state capital he announced to a stunned reporter: "We just Concord the statehouse." At defenseless Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he...

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