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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS

Do you find understanding jokes confusing? Well, don’t worry - you are not alone. Most students struggle with understanding humor. This is often because of the use of double meanings of words or phrases. See if you can figure out why this joke is supposed to be funny:)

Why couldn't Cinderella be a good soccer player?

She lost her shoe, she ran away from the ball, and her coach was a pumpkin.

In this joke, Ball and Pumpkin each have two meanings. In the story of Cinderella, the ball is a formal dance and the coach is the vehicle that she traveled in. In this joke the ball refers to the soccer ball and coach refers to the person who leads the soccer team.

If you would like more information on WORDS, WORDS, WORDS, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca

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