Thursday, March 21, 2013

Inspiration: Car Rides, Conversation and Puns

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My son and I are busy people. Our days are rushed and so are our conversations unless we’re in the car traveling to or from his sports practices. Seatbelted and trapped in traffic, we talk about all kinds of things from deep insights to silly observations to his tastes in music and my questions about technology. Lately, he’s been on a pun kick. Here are 13 he’s shared with me.




  1. What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus!
  2. What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds.
  3. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.
  4. Broken pencils are pointless.
  5. I tried to work out for seven days, but I was too week.
  6. I did a theoretical speech on puns, it was a play on words.
  7. I learned sign language the other day, its pretty handy.
  8. I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but it's okay, he says he can stop anytime.
  9. What is a requirement for being a pope? You have to be Pope-u-lar.
  10. That new weed whacker is cutting hedge technology.
  11. I've been to the dentist several times so I know the drill.
  12. I get my large circumference from too much pi.
  13. She got fired from the hot dog stand for putting her hair in a bun.

Someday, my son will be old enough to drive himself to his extracurricular events, but hopefully, we’ll still have interesting conversations. Perhaps, I’ll collect some puns to tell him. Do you know any? Please share.

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  1. The well is dry on new puns. But those are pretty great. We wrote about opposite kinds of drives today :0)

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  2. Jaye Robin Brown,
    I'll have to come and check out your driving story.

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  3. Car rides are good for conversations with kids. Of course now my teenager spends them texting so it's not as easy as it used to be...

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    1. Grin. My son texts sometimes too, but I guess he's good at multitasking. I'm glad he and I have the chance to connect. Just as I'm happy to get to blog hop with you and all my blog buddies.

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  4. Fun! Language lends itself to play. I wonder what a non-English speaking person would make of these.

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    1. Actually as a teacher of English language learners, I can field your question. Usually language learners like puns. They ask for them along with idioms.

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  5. These were great. I love puns but I'm not a very good joke teller. The only one I can think of right now is the one where the alphabet is list without the L. - Noel.

    My daughter and I always had fun in the car. Still do.

    Thursday 13 - 1st words of tSLBoM

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    1. Yeah, it's great to share jokes and fun with kids, isn't it?

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  6. Made me smile! These are great! :)

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  7. D'oh! *facepalm* (Yet, I'm laughing all the same!)

    Happy TT!

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    1. Yeah, I have to research some puns. They don't just come to me either.

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  8. Love this! So much fun-thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Jessika. I appreciate you visiting.

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  9. Seems like it's when I'm giving my kids a ride that we do most of our talking, too. That and when they are just in the mood. They sometimes corner me for hours.

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    1. Isn't that great--when our kids actually look for us. :)

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  10. A thesaurus. I love it. May I steal it for my FB friends to enjoy?

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    1. Sure. I'll tell my son you liked the thesaurus one.

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  11. Some good ones there. I think my faves were the first four. Thanks for visiting!

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  12. I love puns. omg, those are good ones. thanks!

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    1. Pearl,
      I'm with you. I think they're good, too.

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  13. My angsty tween would love those puns. :D Conversations with my kids often lead to interesting results as well.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Andrew,
      Feel free to make them yours.

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  14. Ha! Back four seconds indeed! Very cool.

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  15. Thanks Ron,
    Your compliment means a lot, know how clever you are with words, yourself.

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  16. These were fun! I esp. liked the first one.

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    1. Yeah, I think the first one is the most popular. :)Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. Oh, how fun!! Kids are amazing. Thanks for sharing these! :)

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    1. Grin. I'm with you. Kids are amazing.

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  18. I've always had the best conversations with my boys when we've been on the road!
    These are all pretty funny.
    Thanks for visiting my blog, and happy Thursday.

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad I'm not alone in these talks. Also I appreciate your visit.

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  19. LOL. Thanks for this. I had a good laugh (and a few *groans* too, lol). You must have a ton of fun during those car rides!

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    1. I do. I'm becoming quite a fan of puns.

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  20. Language and humor are such a terrific things to bond over. Here's my contribution to the cause: The anti-gravity book is impossible to put down.

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    1. Good one. I'm going to share that with my son. Thanks.

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  21. Hysterical! Made me smile. Thanks for joining us!

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  22. Kristina,
    Thanks and thank you for the invite.

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  23. Those are great! My youngest son *loves* puns. I'll definitely be sharing these with him. :)

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    1. Chris Allen-Riley,
      Great, let's pass these puns around.

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  24. LOL!! Those are awesome! I especially love #8. Kids say the darndest things, don't they? :)

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    1. Stephanie Sullivan,
      Yep, I'm with you.

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  25. So funny - although I can never come up with them on demand. However when I was at University I flatted with some students who spoke English as a second language. Oneday I overheard them talking about how weird some of the English sayings were - in particular someone who had a 'frock' in their throat. Sadly I was laughing too hard to correct them.

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    1. Raewyn,
      That's a great story. Thanks for telling me.

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  26. I agree with your reply to Colleen. Puns and idioms are great ways to motivate English language learning.

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    1. Thanks Hazel,
      It's good to know I'm on the right track.

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  27. LOL. No puns in my head right now. But I suspect I'll be thinking about them all day. I read the list to my husband--he's still a boy at heart.

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  28. PatEsden,
    Yeah, go for it. They're fun to share.

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  29. My kids and I have some wacky conversations in the car too. Fun post!

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  30. Michaele,
    Great to know. I'm glad my family and I are not alone.

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  31. My hubby and I enjoyed these very much. We're sitting out in the garden with a drink and cackling as I read each one out loud. Thanks for the laugh.

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