|HOMONYMS AND OTHER WORDPLAY IN DREAMS|
IT IS VALUABLE FOR anyone who wishes to analyze dreams to become sensitized to wordplay, puns, and homonyms. Even if one has no special gift for punning, one should be ready to hear such material in the patient's associations. Some people who do not pun particularly well in waking life sometimes do so in their dreams.
Many American children delight in such wordplay through the riddle: “What is black and white and red all over?” The answer is “a newspaper,” drawing on the homonym “read-red.” The black and white set up the likelihood that the next words may also be colors. When we hear “red” we are likely to choose the color over the verb “read,” but the joke breaks that expectation, ...