Humor – Puns

Many English speaking writers are famous for their wit, from William Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde to Douglas Adams. Wit is typically described as an author’s creativity and brevity when using language. Some forms of wit are respected such as satire, metaphors, or a quick funny quip. The lowest form of wit however is the pun. A pun is when words share the same sound but have different meanings which is fairly common in English, and this is used to make a joke. Words that sound the same but have different meanings are homonyms. Puns are intended to be funny but are often greeted with a groan from the audience. Sometimes even when speaking naturally a pun may occur and the speaker will say, “No pun intended” when they realize what they have said.
Here are some examples of puns!

The farmer did not receive his reward because he was outstanding in his field.
“Outstanding in his field” can mean that he was an excellent farmer and it can also mean that he was literally standing on his farm land.

My bicycle fell over because it’s too tired.
This makes sense when spoken but less sense when written. “Too tired” means exhausted, but it sounds just like “two tired” which means the bicycle has two wheels and is unstable.

Puns Quiz

Match the word with its definition and try writing some puns of your own!

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Either, neither, both, all

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How can you use the words “either” and “neither”? What about “both” or “none”? Read the following descriptions to find out! Then take our quiz to test your knowledge.

Either- one or the other

Either color looks great.
I don’t like either one.

Neither- not either of two things

I have two cats, but neither of them is black.

None- not one of a group of things

None of the students like math.

Both- two things

Both of my parents are from London.

All- a group of things

Our school has 8 teachers. All of them teach English.

Try this quiz!

Either, neither, both, all - Quiz

Choose the correct word to complete the sentences.

 

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Phrasal Verbs

It’s time to do some dancing and get down with some phrasal verbs! Phrasal verbs are short phrases, usually two words, that have a different meaning than how they translate literally. For example, to hang up the phone means to end a phone call. This is probably one of the most common phrasal verbs and it’s so important that we use the phrase hang up nearly every time we talk about a call that is ended, we don’t have another word or phrase for it! Native English speakers use them all of the time and often may not even recognize that they’re using phrasal verbs. If you don’t understand them, you may have a break down in communication. There are hundreds of phrasal verbs in English and like idioms they will need to be learned individually. They may also have multiple meanings depending on the context, so be careful! That may be intimidating, but don’t back out now. If you do, you can always come back here to try again. Practicing phrasal verbs is a great way to beef up your English if you are an advanced speaker. Even if you know most of them it’s always helpful to brush up on your skills. Can you figure out what they mean?

Phrasal Verbs

Match the phrasal verb with its definition.