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The punniest* word play skills: Puns

*See what I did there? Punniest...funniest...LOL

In our next instalment of typically British ways to communicate, this week’s blog post is dedicated to puns.

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Puns are generally defined as jokes that exploit the possible different meanings of a word OR the fact that there are words that sound the same but have completely different meanings, used for comedic or rhetorical effect. Puns are also known as double entendre [from Fr. ‘double meaning’], witticism, quips and word play.

These are not a British phenomenon either, not really; anyone with good language skills in any language can create puns. The internet has made it easier for all to see and understand them. And even before the Internet, some British TV shows in the 1970s and 1980s derived their humour from word play, shows such as Blackadder and Fawlty Towers.

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(from Blackadder, starring Rowan Atkinson)


It’s unclear where the pun come from, but it has been around for a long while. William Shakespeare famously used puns and other word play tactics in his plays! Can you see how you could use these examples for comic effect – ‘sun/son’. ‘lines/loins’ and ‘ace/ass’?

The quick wit to think up a pun used to be revered as a sign of mental agility and language mastery in the Ancient times. Some believe that during the Enlightenment, the art of creating puns fell out of fashion, but since the Internet, it has made a miraculous comeback. You just need to look at memes and realise that many are puns in disguise 😉

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Obviously, puns can be categorised: animal, objects, dad jokes, grammar, literature, maths etc. The possibilities are infinite and we’ve taken the liberty of giving you 10.

Which one do you think is the funniest? Send us some of your own or one you saw recently that you thought was funny 🙂

  1. The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense.
  2. Jokes about German sausages are the wurst.
  3. I am on a seafood diet. I see food, I have to eat it.
  4. What’s the plural of baby? Twins.
  5. I donut understand puns.
  6. Don’t stop retrievin’, hold on to that feline.
  7. If Apple made a car, would it have Windows?
  8. What do you get if you cross an angry sheep and a moody cow? An animal that is in a baaaaad mooooood.
  9. The streets were oddly desserted that night.
  10. Puns are for children, not groan adults.





#SpeakUpLondon #MannequinChallenge




The Internet is a great place to explore; communities are formed, friends are made and crazy challenges are created. In the wave of new internet fads, Speak Up London thought it best to hop on board and take part in the Mannequin Challenge.

Speak Up London is filled with over 400 students and 50 staff members, so as you can imagine, this would be an enormous task. We couldn’t wait to conquer the Mannequin Challenge.


11 of our morning English classes (9am- 12pm), took time out of their day to participate in this quirky challenge. Imagine not moving for minutes on end; it was definitely interesting and funny to see.


Each floor was posed in different positions and presented different situations. The first floor presented people paused in time whilst playing clapping games. Another situation showed people about to jump out of the window, throwing plants at each other, and even balancing plants on their heads.


One of the best parts of our Mannequin Challenge would be the marriage proposal taking place in a classroom. As well as a proposal, there were people sleeping on the ground and other students were watching youtube videos on their phones.


The Speak Up London team would like to give a big thank you to the students, teachers and team members that participated in this challenge. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.


Speak Up London enjoyed seeing everyone’s Mannequin Challenge videos. We love seeing the creative minds of people around the world and, to be honest, we believe that Speak Up London holds the crown for the greatest Mannequin Challenge ever!





There is no need for us to explain any further. Why not click on the video and take a look at the full extended version of Speak Up London’s Mannequin Challenge.







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