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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 having the same
pronunciation but different
meanings or spelling
e.g., new and knew
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
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," 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... ?"
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... ?"
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!"
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!"
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 used to make
puns in many jokes

What are the homophones which make the puns in the
following photos? >
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
the udder.
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
More bad puns
More bad puns

Udder = other
Comb hair = come here
Poultry in motion = poetry in
motion
Darth Vader = waiter
Irrelevant = irrelephant
Matters = mattress
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
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)
The end
More homophones
http://www.bifroest.demon.co.uk/misc/homophones.html
More puns
http://www.sillypuns.com/
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Puns - Homophones and Homonyms

  • 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. 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. Look at the picture. What is the homonym?
  • 5. fan
  • 6. What is the homonym? Why did the teacher wear sunglasses? Because his students were so bright
  • 7. bright Why did the teacher wear sunglasses? Because his students were so bright
  • 8. What is the homonym? Why do cows have bells? Because their horns don’t work.
  • 9. horns Why do cows have bells? Because their horns don’t work.
  • 10. What is the homonym? Why can't a car play football? Because it's only got one boot
  • 11. boot Why can't a car play football? Because it's only got one boot
  • 12. What is the homonym? Time flies like an arrow Fruit flies like a banana
  • 13. flies, like Time flies like an arrow Fruit flies like a banana
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. What is the pun?
  • 20. What is the pun? 1 2 3 4
  • 21. put down (phrasal verb) 1 2 3 4
  • 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. What is the homophone?
  • 25. What is the homophone?
  • 27. What is the homophone?
  • 29. What is the homophone?
  • 31. What is the homophone?
  • 33. What is the homophone?
  • 35. What is the homophone?
  • 36. A salt = Assault
  • 37. What is the pun?
  • 38. A tack = Attack
  • 39. What is the pun?
  • 40. Intense = In tents
  • 41. What is the pun? Why will you never starve in the desert? Because of all the sandwiches there
  • 42. sandwiches = sand which is Why will you never starve in the desert? Because of all the sandwiches there
  • 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. 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
  • 46. More bad puns Udder = other Comb hair = come here Poultry in motion = poetry in motion Darth Vader = waiter Irrelevant = irrelephant Matters = mattress
  • 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. 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)

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