Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Behind the Books: Super Silly Science Jokes, Courtesy of Homophones

Nope, this isn’t a repeat of March 16th’s blog. Just to confuse you (and middle schoolers in English-speaking countries around the world), some genius came up with the terms homograph (a word with two or more different meanings) and homophone.

Homophones are two or more words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings. For example, the words tide and tied are homophones. So are the words hair and hare.

You can create a great joke by mixing homophones. Here’s an example:

Q: How does a rabbit keep its fur neat and clean?
A: It uses a hare brush.

Let’s try one more joke:

Q: How do mountains hear?
A: With mountaineers.

Here’s a joke that uses homophones and a popular expression:

Q: What did the beach say when the tide came in?
A: Long time, no sea.

These jokes are fun because with a little bit of practice, the kids around you might be able to guess the answers. And sometimes they’ll come up with different answers that are just as good. Then you’ll have some brand new jokes to tell someone else.

Now it’s your turn. Can you or the kids you know think of jokes that use these homophones?
• horse/hoarse
• paw/pa
• toad/towed

Feel free to post your best jokes in the comments. We could all use a good laugh.

Be on the lookout for more joke-writing posts in the future. And check out the Super Silly Science Jokes I post on Friday.

1 comment:

  1. Ha ha ha! My son's gonna love these! These are the kinds of jokes he likes to tell/make up.