Homophone Puns - Explained
Here are some near homophone puns. They aren't quite as easy to understand as those that use homophones, homonyms, or homographs. When you read these, say the words out loud. You have to change the pronunciation slightly, or use a reduction, to get the second meaning.
When you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall.
“Seen a mall” sounds like “seen ’em all,” a reduction of “seen them all.”
Need an ark to save two of every animal? I noah guy.
“I noah guy” = “I know a guy”. And it also references Noah from the Bible. In the story, he gathers two of every animal to save when God sends a flood to destroy the earth.
Her acupuncture therapy is a jab well done.
“Jab” sounds like “job.” “To jab” means “to poke,” and it also fits with the phrase “job well done,” which means that something was performed well.
Remember the Italian chef who pasta way?
“Pasta way” sounds like “passed away” (meaning “to die”), but includes the typical Italian food pasta.
Practice safe eating – use condiments.
“Condiments: (such as mustard, mayonaise, or ketchup) sounds like “condoms” (which are used for safe sex).
When the window fell into the incinerator, it was a pane in the ash to retrieve.
“Pane in the ash” sounds like “pain in the ass.” A pane is a part of a window, and ash is the remains after something is burnt (in an incinerator, for example). And “pain in the ass” refers to something that is very difficult. But be careful, the word “ass” is seen as a bad word and should not be used in formal situations.
When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
“Debate” sounds similar to “da bait,” a reduction of “the bait.”
Why did he go to the auction? Toboggan.
“Toboggan” sounds like “to bargain.”
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