Media Can't Stop Punning About China's Pun Ban
China's pun ban brought out the best and the worst in Western wordplay — but the silly-sounding ban might be a precursor to more serious censorship.By Matt Picht | November 30, 2014
Western media often takes no small pleasure in lampooning China's totalitarian government and its occasionally silly decrees. But this time, things got a little out of hand.
The trouble started with an edict from the country's media regulation agency banning the use of puns or wordplay in advertisements and broadcasts.
The agency cites ad campaigns which played on common Chinese phrases, warning such puns "create misunderstandings for the public, especially for minors," and can lead to "cultural and linguistic chaos."