Category Archives: ELL

Hickory Dickory Clock

Q: What time is it when your clock strikes 13? A: Time to get a new clock! Explanation: When a clock “strikes the hour” it means that it is exactly on the hour, 8:00 or 11:00 for example (not 8:17 or … Continue reading

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Them’s Fighting Words!

Q: Why did the dentist and the manicurist decide not to be friends?A: Because they were always fighting tooth and nail! Explanation: A dentist is a doctor that improves the health of your teeth.  A manicurist is a specialist who … Continue reading

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Picking Up the Pieces

Q: Is collecting shells on the beach easy to learn?A: Yes, you’ll pick it up right away! Explanation: Picking up shells on a beach is easy because, if the beach has shells, you just bend over and lift them up with … Continue reading

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A Weight Off My Shoulder

Q: Why was the pirate sad when his parrot left? A: It gave him the cold shoulder! Explanation: Yes, the last parrot joke for a while. Have you seen those pictures of a pirate with a parrot sitting on his shoulder?  … Continue reading

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A Parrot and a Shtick

Q: What is bright orange and sounds like a parrot?A: A carrot! Explanation: Yes! A second parrot joke! As you can hear when you read the joke aloud, parrot rhymes with carrot. This joke is funny because the question has a … Continue reading

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Bee Amazing!

Q: What creature is smarter than a talking parrot?A: A spelling bee! Explanation: And we’re back! Perhaps you have seen or heard parrots that talk.  Well, they actually mimic (copy) the sounds that they hear.  It is quite amazing.  In English … Continue reading

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Ghost Ships

Q: Where do ghosts like to go sailing?A: Lake Eerie! Explanation: If you ever get the chance to go sailing, I would highly recommend it.  It is a beautiful experience to let the wind move your boat without using a motor. … Continue reading

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Made in the Shade

Q: Why didn’t the girl trust the trees near her home?A: They seemed a little shady! Explanation: Shade is the darker, cooler area under a tree when the sun is shining on the tree.  If you want to get out of … Continue reading

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One-Trick Pony

Q: Why couldn’t the pony talk?A: He was a little horse! Explanation: For most people, a pony is a small horse.  There is actually a difference between a horse and a pony. In common conversation, though, most people do not make … Continue reading

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Shaggy Dog Story

Q: Why aren’t dogs good dancers? A: They have two left feet! Explanation: Dogs have four feet called paws: two front feet and two back feet.  You could also say that they have two right feet and two left feet.  Sounds … Continue reading

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