figurative speech: puns

Puns are a type of figurative language that are
often, but not always, humorous. A pun uses
words that have two or more meanings in order to
create an
alternate interpretation.
We were all very grave when we visited the cemetery.
The double meaning word in this example is grave. It means a serious attitude. It also means a burial plot
for the dead.
For each pun below, underline the word or words that create the pun. On the lines
underneath the pun,
explain the two meanings.
1. It’s pointless to write with a broken pencil.
2. It’s hard to beat a boiled egg for breakfast.
3. A burglar at a construction site fell into the concrete mixer. He became a hardened
4. Growing up we were too poor to pay attention.
5. Why can’t a bicycle stand on its own? It’s two tired.
6. He was a great doctor until he lost patients.
7. Elizabeth was fired from her job at the hamburger stand for putting her hair in a bun.
8. A fish with no eyes is called a fsh.
9. I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put down.
10. I couldn't quite remember how to throw a boomerang, but eventually it came back to
11. I was going to look for my missing watch, but I could never find the time.
12. I did a theatrical performance about puns. Really it was just a play on words.
13. I used to have a fear of hurdles, but I got over it.
14. He drove his expensive car into a tree and found out how the Mercedes bends.
15. Need an ark to save two of every animal? I noah guy.
16. John Deere's manure spreader is the only equipment the company won't stand behind.
17. I relish the fact that you've mustard the strength to ketchup to me.
18. Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
19. To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
20. When William joined the army he disliked the phrase 'fire at will'.
21. A new type of broom came out, it is sweeping the nation.
22. I used to be addicted to soap, but I'm clean now.
23. Some people's noses and feet are built backwards: their feet smell and their noses run.
24. A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two-tired.
25. Lightning sometimes shocks people because it just doesn't know how to conduct itself.
26. The butcher backed up into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.
27. There was once a cross-eyed teacher who couldn't control his pupils.
28. Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it
was a soft drink
29. I was going to buy a book on phobias, but I was afraid it wouldn't help me.
30. What did the grape say when it got stepped on? Nothing - but it let out a little whine.
31. A noun and a verb were dating but they broke up because the noun was too possessive.