The "simple pun
" to be avoided is this:
patte à physique
I.e. to pat on the belly, as Pa Ubu would in Jarry's most memorable play , Ubu Roi. Jarry was really big on puns. He regularly called a train "that which drags" (traine), for instance.
'Pataphysics is devoted to the epiphenonmenon, or that which is superimposed on the phenomenon, usually by accident. It can be used to study such collosal exceptions as Divinity, mathematically understood in the last chapter of The Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician to be, quote, THE TANGENTIAL POINT BETWEEN ZERO AND INFINITY.
In resolving the contradiction between rules and their exceptions, pataphysics bore an indelible imprint on later artistic movements dedicated towards eradicating binary, mutally exclusive relationships. For instance, Dadaist Marcel Duchamp once signed a letter "Pataphysically Yours", and André Breton hailed Jarry as "Surrealist in absinthe."