SOURCE: Author Heath Morrison

Author Heath Morrison

August 07, 2012 16:23 ET

Heath Morrison's 'Pun-Unciate' Rekindles Love of Language

BUFFALO, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 7, 2012) - Everyone gets bored; everyone uses language; and everyone needs a laugh now and then. That's why Heath Morrison came out with "Pun-Unciate" (www.pununciate.com).

"I think that just about everybody looks at signs and license plates while driving on the road or waiting in line and, at some point, plays their own private word games," says Morrison, a veteran mechanic whose "punny" jokes lighten the mood with customers and coworkers.

"It's still a tough economy for many businesses and there's a premium placed on customer service. A pun, which I'm fond of, gets coworkers laughing and relaxes customers who may have had an unexpected automobile breakdown."

As a form of word play including two or more meanings, puns point out the quirks of language, he says. Throwing someone a pun in conversation is a humorous "curveball" that "wakes people up."

Example No.1: "Cereal killers? - Hey, give them a break, they're growing boys!" 

Example No. 2: "Arch-Enemy ... This is that pesky little pebble trapped in your shoe."

One reviewer found "Pun-Unciate" a great read for those rough days.

"This book is REALLY FUNNY AND CLEVER!" wrote Amazon reviewer Kathleen. "It's a great book to read at the end of a stressful day to just get away from it all."

In fact, the health benefits of a good laugh are well-documented by science:

  • Help for diabetics: Laughter lowers blood-sugar levels, according to a recent University of Maryland study.
  • Better learning and memory: Comedy used during instruction improves test scores, according to a Johns Hopkins Medical School study.
  • Reduced stress and improved immune system: Stress is blamed for many things, from an increased risk of addiction to a weakened immune system. "Laughter has a way of shrugging off the day's stress," Morrison says.
  • Improved blood flow: A healthy blood flow distributes oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Prolonged restriction of blood vessels can lead to premature aging, dementia and heart disease.

About Heath E. Morrison

Among Heath Morrison's greatest joys are finding humorous meanings for everyday words, and growing as a writer. He looks forward to retiring early as a mechanic and moving back to the country to see where writing takes him. He lives in Jamestown, New York with his wife Kathleen.

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