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Puns
Homonyms and
Homophones
Puns, jokes and word play
Puns
homonyms
Words having the same
spelling and pronunciation
but with 2 or more
meanings
e.g. well
homophones
Words havi...
What is a homonym?
homonyms
Words having the same spelling and pronunciation
but with 2 or more meanings
e.g. well
They ar...
Look at the picture. What is the
homonym?
fan
What is the homonym?

Why did the teacher
wear sunglasses?
Because his students
were so bright
bright

Why did the teacher
wear sunglasses?
Because his students
were so bright
What is the homonym?
Why do cows have bells?
Because their horns don’t work.
horns
Why do cows have bells?
Because their horns don’t work.
What is the homonym?
Why can't a car play football?
Because it's only got one boot
boot
Why can't a car play football?
Because it's only got one boot
What is the homonym?

Time flies like an arrow
Fruit flies like a banana
flies, like

Time flies like an arrow
Fruit flies like a banana
What is the homonym?
One day an English
grammar teacher was
looking ill. A student asked,
"What's the matter?"
"Tense," an...
tense
One day an English
grammar teacher was
looking ill. A student asked,
"What's the matter?"
"Tense," answered the
teac...
What is the homonym?
A woman was driving in her
car on a narrow road. She
was knitting at the same
time, so she was drivin...
Pull over
A woman was driving in her
car on a narrow road. She
was knitting at the same
time, so she was driving very
slow...
What is the pun?
dig up (phrasal verb)
What is the pun?
1

2

3

4
put down (phrasal verb)
1

2

3

4
Homophones
Homophones
Words having the same
pronunciation but different
meanings or spelling
e.g., new and knew
They are u...
What is the homophone?
Toad = Towed
What is the homophone?
i = eye
What is the homophone?
Horse = Hoarse
What is the homophone?
Bored = board
What is the homophone?
Sole = Soul
What is the homophone?
Paws = pause
What is the homophone?
A salt = Assault
What is the pun?
A tack = Attack
What is the pun?
Intense = In tents
What is the pun?
Why will you never starve in
the desert?
Because of all the
sandwiches there
sandwiches = sand which is
Why will you never starve in
the desert?
Because of all the
sandwiches there
Bad pun – almost a
homophone
Warning!
Really bad joke!
Why does a milking
stool have only three
legs?
Because the cow has
...
Bad pun – almost a
homophone
Warning!
Really bad joke!
Why does a milking
stool have only three
legs?
Because the cow has
...
More bad puns
More bad puns

Udder = other
Comb hair = come here
Poultry in motion = poetry in
motion
Darth Vader = waiter
Irrelevant = ...
Find the puns. Are they homonyms
or homophones?
1. It’s not that he didn’t know how to juggle. He just didn’t have the bal...
Find the puns. Are they homonyms
or homophones?
1. It’s not that he didn’t know how to juggle. He just didn’t have the bal...
The end
More homophones
http://www.bifroest.demon.co.uk/misc/homophones.html
More puns
http://www.sillypuns.com/
http://puns.icanh...
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  1. 1. Puns Homonyms and Homophones Puns, jokes and word play
  2. 2. Puns homonyms Words having the same spelling and pronunciation but with 2 or more meanings e.g. well homophones Words having the same pronunciation but different meanings or spelling e.g., new and knew
  3. 3. What is a homonym? homonyms Words having the same spelling and pronunciation but with 2 or more meanings e.g. well They are used to make puns in many jokes
  4. 4. Look at the picture. What is the homonym?
  5. 5. fan
  6. 6. What is the homonym? Why did the teacher wear sunglasses? Because his students were so bright
  7. 7. bright Why did the teacher wear sunglasses? Because his students were so bright
  8. 8. What is the homonym? Why do cows have bells? Because their horns don’t work.
  9. 9. horns Why do cows have bells? Because their horns don’t work.
  10. 10. What is the homonym? Why can't a car play football? Because it's only got one boot
  11. 11. boot Why can't a car play football? Because it's only got one boot
  12. 12. What is the homonym? Time flies like an arrow Fruit flies like a banana
  13. 13. flies, like Time flies like an arrow Fruit flies like a banana
  14. 14. What is the homonym? One day an English grammar teacher was looking ill. A student asked, "What's the matter?" "Tense," answered the teacher, describing how he felt. The student paused, then continued, "What was the matter? What has been the matter? What might have been the matter... ?"
  15. 15. tense One day an English grammar teacher was looking ill. A student asked, "What's the matter?" "Tense," answered the teacher, describing how he felt. The student paused, then continued, "What was the matter? What has been the matter? What might have been the matter... ?"
  16. 16. What is the homonym? A woman was driving in her car on a narrow road. She was knitting at the same time, so she was driving very slowly. A man came up from behind and he wanted to pass her. He opened the window and yelled, "Pull over! Pull over!" The lady yelled back, "No, a sweater!"
  17. 17. Pull over A woman was driving in her car on a narrow road. She was knitting at the same time, so she was driving very slowly. A man came up from behind and he wanted to pass her. He opened the window and yelled, "Pull over! Pull over!" The lady yelled back, "No, a sweater!"
  18. 18. What is the pun?
  19. 19. dig up (phrasal verb)
  20. 20. What is the pun? 1 2 3 4
  21. 21. put down (phrasal verb) 1 2 3 4
  22. 22. Homophones Homophones Words having the same pronunciation but different meanings or spelling e.g., new and knew They are used to make puns in many jokes What are the homophones which make the puns in the following photos? >
  23. 23. What is the homophone?
  24. 24. Toad = Towed
  25. 25. What is the homophone?
  26. 26. i = eye
  27. 27. What is the homophone?
  28. 28. Horse = Hoarse
  29. 29. What is the homophone?
  30. 30. Bored = board
  31. 31. What is the homophone?
  32. 32. Sole = Soul
  33. 33. What is the homophone?
  34. 34. Paws = pause
  35. 35. What is the homophone?
  36. 36. A salt = Assault
  37. 37. What is the pun?
  38. 38. A tack = Attack
  39. 39. What is the pun?
  40. 40. Intense = In tents
  41. 41. What is the pun? Why will you never starve in the desert? Because of all the sandwiches there
  42. 42. sandwiches = sand which is Why will you never starve in the desert? Because of all the sandwiches there
  43. 43. Bad pun – almost a homophone Warning! Really bad joke! Why does a milking stool have only three legs? Because the cow has the udder.
  44. 44. Bad pun – almost a homophone Warning! Really bad joke! Why does a milking stool have only three legs? Because the cow has the udder. The udder The other
  45. 45. More bad puns
  46. 46. More bad puns Udder = other Comb hair = come here Poultry in motion = poetry in motion Darth Vader = waiter Irrelevant = irrelephant Matters = mattress
  47. 47. Find the puns. Are they homonyms or homophones? 1. It’s not that he didn’t know how to juggle. He just didn’t have the balls to do it. 2. What do you call a woman who stands between two goal posts? Annette. 3. A bicycle can’t stand on its own. It’s two-tired. 4. Police were called to a kindergarten where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. 5. A pessimist's blood type is b-negative. 6. I used to be addicted to soap, but I'm clean now. 7. The apple crossed the street because he wanted to get to the other cider the road. 8. In some conifer forests, you can't cedar wood for the trees. 9. A prisoner's favourite punctuation mark is the period (USA) / full stop (UK). It marks the end of his sentence. 10. What do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo? A woolly jumper
  48. 48. Find the puns. Are they homonyms or homophones? 1. It’s not that he didn’t know how to juggle. He just didn’t have the balls to do it. (Have balls = be brave) 2. What do you call a woman who stands between two goal posts? Annette. (= a net) 3. A bicycle can’t stand on its own. It’s two-tired. (= too) 4. Police were called to a kindergarten where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. (= arrest) 5. A pessimist's blood type is b-negative. (= be) 6. I used to be addicted to soap, but I'm clean now. (clean = no longer addicted) 7. The apple crossed the street because he wanted to get to the other cider the road. (= side o(f) ) 8. In some conifer forests, you can't cedar wood for the trees. (= see the) 9. A prisoner's favourite punctuation mark is the period (USA) / full stop (UK). It marks the end of his sentence. (sentence = time in prison) 10. What do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo? A woolly jumper (= jersey)
  49. 49. The end
  50. 50. More homophones http://www.bifroest.demon.co.uk/misc/homophones.html More puns http://www.sillypuns.com/ http://puns.icanhascheezburger.com/
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