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Sunday, November 29, 2015

At look at Puns and Homophones (Grammar #5)

Hey guys, welcome back to another grammar post! Now, before we begin I apologize for the grammatical errors in the couple of previous grammar lessons. They were my fault, and next time I will pay better attention. One thing is for sure, teaching is hard, and there will be times when I mess up. What’s important though is that we all learn from our mistakes, brush ourselves off and continue on our way. One of the things my Tae Kwon Do instructor says is “Fall 7 up 8”. What he means is that every time you fall down, no matter how many times, you are already up. You fall down seven times, you stand up 8. Anyway, speaking of sayings, I thought it would be cool if we looked at funny sayings and short puns, as I do like a good pun now and then. (People think I was raised by Mr. Watt). While you are reading this list, just think about the English language and how many people make use of it. A pun is basically a play on words in the English language, so it is interesting to note what happens to make the pun amusing. Anyway, let’s get started!

  • The road to success is always under construction.
  • Just because your doctor has a name for your condition doesn't mean he knows what it is.
  • A friend of mine tried to annoy me with bird puns, but I soon realized that toucan play at that game.
  • Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It's very time consuming.
  • A fool with a tool is still a fool.
  • It's not that the man did not know how to juggle, he just didn't have the balls to do it.
  • Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
  • Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.
  • I used to be a banker but I lost interest
  • What did the grape say when it got stepped on? Nothing - but it let out a little whine.
  • If at first you don't succeed, redefine success.
  • A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two-tired.
  • My friend's bakery burned down last night. Now his business is toast.
  • If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
  • The roundest knight at king Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.
  • When William joined the army he disliked the phrase 'fire at will'.
  • The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
  • Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.
  • Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.
  • A prisoner's favorite punctuation mark is the period. It marks the end of his sentence.
  • The one who invented the door knocker got a No-bell prize.
  • Atheists don't solve exponential equations because they don't believe in higher powers.
  • When your only tool is a hammer, all problems start looking like nails.
  • I started with nothing, and I still have most of it.
  • It was an emotional wedding. Even the cake was in tiers.
  • Some people's noses and feet are built backwards: their feet smell and their noses run.
  • If towels could tell jokes they would probably have a dry sense of humor.
  • My tailor is happy to make a pair of pants for me, or at least sew it seams.

Whooh! That was a lot of puns and sayings! It is interesting to note how puns work. Many use homophones to get the point across. In the emotional wedding one, the cake was in tiers. Tiers and tears are homophones. Many wedding cakes are also tiered, so switching those words around gets a funny pun. Same with the grape pun. Whine and wine. Also, with the last pun, switching a phrase ‘so it seems’ into ‘sew it seams’ is funny when referenced with tailors, as their profession deals with sewing and seams. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to look at puns and to sort of deconstruct them and see what makes them funny. Hopefully you all got a laugh out of it, and as always, see you in the next one!

-Jack Goodenough

1 comment:

  1. My husband thought he had a new freckle on his hand, and he was a little worried about it. But then, in brighter light, there was no sign of it. "It was a pigment of my imagination," he said. :-)