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    This joke came up in a conversation with my wife, Irene Martin, while we sorted Christmas cookies. #ESL #ELT #ELL #ELD #ESOL #EFL...
    • Whatsofunny DON’T BE SORE, BUT I SORT OF SORTED MY ASSORTED SORES BY SORDID MEANS WHILE I SOARED INTO THE WILD BLUE YONDER. What’s so funny about this? This joke is not really supposed to make too much sense. It is grammatically correct and the situation is sort of possible, in a remote sort of way. But mostly it’s a tongue twister and a way to show you some of the different meanings of the common words SORT and SORE, as well some homonyms and past tense forms that are kind of related to them. Let’s start with the word “sore,” s-o-r-e. As a noun it can mean a wound or blister, something wrong happening on your skin, like a “cold sore,” for instance. As an adjective it has several meanings; it refers to an ache from over- straining, for example, my arm is sore from too much tennis.” The other meaning of the adjective “sore,” is to be angry. But there is a verb that sounds exactly the same, but spelled s-o-a-r. “To soar” means to fly high in the air quickly. BTW, the term “wild blue yonder” is just a fancy way of describing the sky. The title of this audioboo is “Sore Head,” which does not mean a headache. Rather it’s an idiom meaning, a poor loser, or someone with a bad attitude. Next we come to the word “sort”. This too has several meanings. As a verb, it means separate into groups. The past tense is “sorted.” As a noun, it means a type, or category of something. It is used idiomatically very frequently as a phrasal verb, “sort of” which means “in a way” of “kind of” or “similar to.” Let’s look at the past tense of “sort” which is sorted. This word has a homonym, sordid, spelled s-o-r-d-i-d that means unpleasant, or nasty. Then there is an adjective, “assorted,” meaning “varied.” So I’m now going to re-word or paraphrase the joke with all alternate meanings you’ve heard: Don’t be angry, but, in a way, I separated my various wounds by unpleasant means while I flew high into the sky. How this situation arose, is a joke for another day. And THAT’s what’s so funny!
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    • ritasimsan Lupita, these were written out for my speech class on their Blackboard site. I'll see what I can do with the future boos. Thanks for your input.
    • lupita Teacher, could you please write out the phrases because it is easier to see and learn thank you..!!!
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    • Whatsofunny The sharks are circling, so you'd better stop carping about this boo. I've just about halibut!
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    • Whatsofunny DENISE SEES THE FLEECE ON THE KNEES DENISE SEES THE FLEAS ON THE KNEES AT LEAST DENISE COULD SEIZE THE FLEECE AND FREEZE THE FLEAS, BUT NOT THE FLEECE. What’s so funny about this? This tongue twister doesn’t make much sense, but then again, it’s doesn’t really have to. The object is to make it difficult for you to say rather than to understand. In line 1, a young lady named Denise sees some fleece, which is another name for raw wool from a sheep. She sees the fleece on someone’s knees, probably because they are cold. Be careful here because if you don’t say the TH sound correctly in the word THE, and if you don’t distinguish between the S and Z sound, then “the knees” and Denise could sound exactly alike. Line 2 is almost the same except instead of fleece, she sees fleas, which are little insects that like to bite dogs, cats and people. Be careful here too because of the S and Z sound distinction. Fleece and fleas are not the same word. Line 3 begins with the phrase, at least, meaning “at the minimum” and also containing the Long E sound as well as an S sound. This time we learn that it’s possible that Denise might seize the fleece. Here’s another word altogether which is a homonym of sees, s-e-e-s. That word is “seize” spelled s-e-i-z-e. It means to grab or take hold of with force. Finally in Line 4, we learn that Denise really wants to get rid of the fleas in the fleece by freezing the fleas, that is, sticking them in the freezer so they will become icy and hard. The trick here is the distinction between the R and L sounds which is difficult for Asian speakers. It’s a relief to see that at least she’s not going to stick the fleece in there too. As to why Denise is doing all this, I have no idea. She might just be a good teacher who is demonstrating words with tricky sounds, but more likely she is some nut who is hung up on wearing clean wool on her legs and has a sadistic streak about fleas. Will she take them out of the freezer and thaw them out? Will they be alive when they melt? Are you itching to find out? And THAT’s what’s so funny!
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    What do you give a constipated prisoner of war from south Arabia? – a YEMENENEMYENEMA What’s so funny about this? This tongue twister...