Basic English Puns with Explanations
Here are some basic puns and pun explanations. They rely on words that have different meanings but the same pronunciation and/or spelling. Read them first and think about the potential double meanings or wordplay. If you can't figure it out, click on "Explanation" to see what's so funny.
Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
“Tie” can mean either a contest where neither person wins or a formal piece of clothing that a man wears around his neck.
Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
“A rest” sounds like “Arrest”. “A rest” refers to a nap. “Resisting arrest” is a crime where the person refuses to obey the police when they want to take him or her to jail.
I went to a seafood disco last week and pulled a mussel.
At a “seafood disco” (which doesn’t really exist, as far as I know), you can dance and eat seafood. So did I take a mussel (a type of seafood) or did I injure myself (a pulled muscle is a specific type of injury).
Reading while sunbathing makes you well-red.
“Well-red” means sunburned, and “well-read” means that you’ve consumed a lot of books.
She dyed at the first sight of a gray hair.
“To dye” is to color something, while “to die” means to stop living. And some people think that getting old and gray is a matter of life and death.
When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
“To go back four seconds” means that the time is reset for four seconds earlier. “To go back for seconds” means that you’ve eaten one plate at dinner, but you go to the buffet or kitchen to get a second helping of food.
I don’t knead that dough. You can use it.
“To knead” means to massage something, such as dough or a sore muscle. “To need” means “to require.”
I relish the fact that you’ve mustard the strength to ketchup to me.
THREE IN ONE!
to relish – to enjoy greatly (homonym with the condiment, ‘relish’)
to muster – to assemble, to gather (and in the past tense ‘mustered’, is a homophone with the condiment, ‘mustard’)
to catch up – to reach someone who was previously ahead (and a homophone for the condiment, ketchup)
Never marry porters. They come with a lot of baggage.
Baggage means both “luggage” and “past experiences that still have a negative influence on someone.”
If you don’t pay your exorcist you get repossessed.
“To repossess” means that a creditor (someone who lent money) takes back property because the borrower didn’t pay the money back. But we also use the word “possessed” when talking about a ghost, spirit, or the devil invading the body of someone. So if they do that again, they are “re-possessing”.
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