Lesson 5


"A Play on Words"

Using a word or words that have more than 1 meaning.


1. I recently spent money on detergent to unclog my kitchen sink. It was money down the drain.

2. Our social studies teacher says that her globe means the world to her.

3. A jury is never satisfied with the verdict. The jury always returns it.

4. Sir Lancelot once had a very bad dream about his horse. It was a knight mare.

5. A dog not only has a fur coat but also pants.

6. Today I've got a pressing engagement. I must go to the cleaners.

7. The principal part of a horse is the mane, of course.

8. Having lots of good cookbooks only makes sense. They contain such stirring events.

9. If you want to make a pun from dunlop. Then lop off the lop and the pun is dun.

10. I used to be twins. My mother has a picture of me when I was two.

11. I work as a baker because I knead dough.

12. What is the difference between a conductor and a teacher?

The conductor minds the train and a teacher trains the mind.


There are many puns. Creating your own puns can be lots and lots of fun!

Think of words or phrases that you know that have more than 1 meaning.

Find a word or words that sound similar to others.

Write a funny pun using them. In case you need help getting started, here are some suggestions:

in Seine

Taiwan (tie one)

newly weds (newly webs)

Tylenol (tile and all)

patients (virtue/doctors' patients)

appeal (a peel)

Lettuce (let us)

seasons (salt and pepper or Holiday)

ice day/nice day



comb (rooster's comb/people's comb)

mahogany (wood/ my hog any --more)

spell of weather (spell as in incorrect spelling/spell of wethir)



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