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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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 :)

A man inserted an adveristement in the classifieds: "Wife wanted".

The next day he received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: "You can have mine."

This joke has a double meaning because of the expression “Wife wanted “. The man who put in the advertisement meant that he wanted to find a woman to be his wife. However, the letters he received came from married men who wanted to give him THEIR wives !

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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