#ENGTRIVIA: PUNS

“A bicycle can’t stand on its own because it is two-tired.”
Can you guess what is happening in this sentence, fellas?

If you’re thinking of a pun, you guessed correctly. A pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play that exploits multiple meanings of a term, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect.

We have a bicycle on the example, which is said not being able to stand on its own because it’s ‘two-tired.’ ‘Two-tired’ here is a reference to the bicycle having two tires as well as being ‘too tired.’

In some parts of the world, puns are almost similar to dad jokes. They often make us cringe for how unfunny they are, but we laugh regardless. Here are some examples of puns that I hope will brighten your Monday evening.

1. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering. (yourdictionary.com).
Explanation: A bunch of puppies are called a litter. At the same time, ‘littering’ also means throwing away trash carelessly. This is why the mama dog was cited for littering, or giving birth to a litter.

2. What do you call a camel with three humps? Pregnant. (Zootopia).
Explanation: A camel normally has one or two humps. The third hump is the pregnant belly.

3. Why do cows have hooves instead of feet? They lactose. (Twitter user @getthebagcoach).
Explanation: Cows produce milk that contains lactose. They also ‘lack of toes.’

4. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. And then it hit me. (Wikihow).
Explanation: The baseball was getting bigger because it was getting closer to the speaker. The sentence ‘and then it hit me’ explains that the ball hit the speaker and at the same time, the speaker realised what was happening.

5. (Source: Unknown).
Explanation: Taken from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics, “Is this a real life or is this just fantasy?”
But fantasy is written as Fanta-sea which is showed in the picture as a sea of orange Fanta.

6. (Source: mentioned on the picture).
Explanation: The ‘home’ says to the ‘honey’ that it is home, similar to how someone says to the significant other, “Honey, I’m home.”

7. She’s a skillful pilot whose career has really taken off. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
Explanation: An airplane takes off and lands or touches down. Meanwhile, ‘to take off’ also means to be successful. Therefore, the sentence has double meanings. The first meaning is that the pilot takes off with her plane and the second is that her career is successful.

8. What’s the difference between a hippo and a zippo? One is really heavy and the other is a little lighter. (boredpanda.com).
Explanation: A hippopotamus is heavier than a zippo, which is a lighter.

Stay excellent, everyone!

Artwork by: Lisa Slavid/peadoodles

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 28 September 2020.

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