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Thread poster: Thierry LOTTE

Thierry LOTTE  Identity Verified
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Nov 9, 2004

A KudoZZ friend of mine sent me the following :

For all you lexiophiles (lovers of words)

1. A bicycle can't stand alone because it is two-tired.

2. What's the definition of a will? It's a dead giveaway.

3. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

4. A backward poet writes inverse.

5. In democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism it's your count that votes.

6. She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg, but broke it off.

7. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

8. If you don't pay your exorcist you get repossessed.

9. With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.

10. Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I'll show you A-flat minor.

11. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

12. The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.

13. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

14. You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

15. Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.

16. He often broke into song because he couldn't find the key.

17. Every calendar's days are numbered.

18. A lot of money is tainted. 'Taint yours and 'taint mine.

19. A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.

20. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

21. A plateau is a high form of flattery.

22. The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

23. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

24. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.

25. Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.

26. When an actress saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.

27. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.

28. Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.

29. Acupuncture is a jab well done.

30. Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat.

I liked it, even if 30 % of them are ununderstandable for me…

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Prozians have the answer! Nov 9, 2004

Thierry LOTTE !

I liked it, even if 30 % of them are ununderstandable for me…

Why don't you post those in the kudoz?

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N.M. Eklund  Identity Verified
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Loved it! Nov 10, 2004

This was hilarious. I even sent it off to some of my bibliophile friends back home.
I think I'm going to print out a copy and give it to one of my English students (high level) to see how many she gets.
Thanks, and post more if you come across any new ones.

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Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
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These are hilarious AND great as a studying material to learners. Nov 10, 2004

So funnnyyyyyyyyy! Thanxxx!

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me too Thierry Nov 10, 2004

merci, Thierry.

I too shall spring them on my students on one of our 'slower' days - humour is a great educational tool.


PS These are puns, homonyms, etc - do post the ones you don`t understand, and we`ll be happy to explain them and thereby enrich our unique glossary.:-)


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Ines Garcia Botana  Identity Verified
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I love it!! Nov 10, 2004

Do you have more?
I'll use it with my students!!


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