… mache ich gerne als warm-up am Anfang der Stunde oder (falls noch ein paar Minuten übrig sind) am Stundenende. Um die verschiedenen Bedeutungen zu erklären wechseln wir ins Deutsche. Gute Wortspiele von Schülern werden natürlich immer mit einem MO honoriert. Hier ein paar meiner favourites:

1. A bicycle can’t stand on its own because it’s too tired / two tired.

2. A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat (nicht zu übertreffen / aufzuschlagen).

3. A man was arrested at the airport, just because he was greeting his cousin Jack! All he had said was „Hi Jack“ (hijack: entführen).

4. Artificial knees and elbows were developed during a joint project (joint: Gelenk / gemeinsam)

5. Artists know where to draw the line (zeichnen / Grenze ziehen).

6. Doctors feel fine on ships because they are accustomed to see / sea sickness.

7. If you are preparing a presentation about guns, be sure to know how to use bullets (Kugeln / Aufzählungszeichen).

8. If you said you were from South America, I would not Bolivia (believe you).

9. In the old days, yelling at your neighbor across the street was a long distance call.

10. It’s better to love a short girl than not a tall (not at all).

11. Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer the pain of defeat (the feet).

12. One day an English grammar teacher was looking ill. A student asked, „What’s the matter?“ „Tense,“ answered the teacher. The student paused, then continued, „What was the matter? What has been the matter? What had been the matter … ?“ (tense: angespannt / grammat. Zeit)

13. Reading while sunbathing makes you well red (well-read).

14. Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses (cf. Santa Claus untergeordnete Nebensätze).

15. Seven days without a pun makes one weak (week).

16. Some people still think that writing long stories is a novel ideal (neu / Roman).

17. Someone who makes bicycle wheels is a spokes person (Sprecher / Speiche).

18. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana (Fruchtfliegen).

19. Undertakers usually have a grave attitude even if they are dying to get business (grave: ernsthaft / Grab, die to do = unbedingt etwas tun wollen).

20. Upon discovering her children playing with matches, their mother was flaming mad.

21. Waiting for her photos to be developed, a young girl sang, “Some day my prints (prince) will come.”

22. When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds (Sekunden / zweiter Gang).

23. When an actress saw her first strands of grey hair, she thought she would die (dye).

24. When I talk to her about computers, I make my motherboard (mother bored).

25. When Ruth fell off the motorcycle her boyfriend drove on Ruthlessly (ohne Ruth / rücksichtslos).

26. When she married she got a new name and a dress (address).

27. When the lover met his girl again on a foggy day, he whispered, “I mist (missed) you”.

28. When their boy was little, they only got rest after son down (son „down“, i.e. in bed / sundown).

29. When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I (Bible: eye for an eye).

30. You can tune a piano but you can’t tuna-fish.

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