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V.10 - Homonyms, homographs, homophones

Cartoon - English Joke

Average: 3.2 (18 votes)

"What makes the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean?"

"It never eats!"



The key to understanding this joke is the word lean.

Lean has two meanings:

Lean (verb) means 'to slope to one side/ not straight' (as you can see, the tower isn't straight).

Homonyms - Words that have more than one meaning- 'Spirit'

Average: 3.8 (63 votes)


The key to understanding the humour in this cartoon is the word ‘spirit’. ‘Spirit’ is an example of a ‘homonym’: a word which has the same spelling and a pronunciation as another word, but with a different meaning. In this case, ‘spirit’ can mean ‘a ghost-like spirit’ or a ‘hard type of alcohol’, for example, whiskey or vodka.