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What’s the difference between…

PigI’m sure that we could all use (would all benefit from) a little joke. A standard (common) form of a joke begins with the question, “What’s the difference between…” Here’s a joke I found on the Internet that uses this formula:

What’s the difference between men and pigs?
Pigs don’t turn into (become) pigs after they drink too much.

The key to this joke is that the word “pig” is both an animal and a term we use for a man who behaves very badly or crudely, especially toward women. If a man drinks too much, he can sometimes begin to act badly, especially toward women.

Here’s another one:

What’s the difference between one yard and two yards?
A fence.

Yard can refer to the area outside of your house, usually with grass. Yard is also a unit of measurement equal to 36 inches (or 91.44 centimeters for the rest of the world). When you first read the question, you think that the person is asking about the unit of measurement, but the answer is about the area around your house. A fence separates the yards of neighbors, and so creates two separate yards.

Are jokes funny if they have to be explained? I don’t know. You tell me!

~Jeff

9 Responses to “What’s the difference between…”

  1. Grzegorz Says:

    If they have to be explained they are called sophisticated or posh ;-) Sometimes it’s difficult to understand a joke with involve play of words, but for me those are the funniest.

  2. Noeun Says:

    They’re not so funny for me. But they make me to have interest to study English. Thank you for your explanation.

  3. Rostislav Says:

    Those jokes are funny especcialy one that comes first, in russia we also call men a ‘pig’ in the same way) I think they still could be funny even though they have to be explained but the thing is that Every man to his own taste

  4. Gregg Says:

    There is similar jokes in Russian and yes, that’s funny ;-)

  5. emiliano Says:

    May be, if we are using other lenguage sometimes it’s neccesary…………To me the first was right, I get it at once. But the second I need an explanation just in the way you did, and yes it’s funny.
    I suppose that you would need a very large yard to be far away from your nice neighbour.
    Sorry by the mistakes, but now I have in mind not to use the dictionary so my writting should be worst.
    Greetings Jeff, have a good day. emiliano

  6. Sergio Pinheiro Rodrigues Says:

    By the way, have you heard this one.

    – How do you call a man who speaks three languages
    – Trilingual
    – Two languages
    – Bilingual
    – And just one language
    – American

  7. Gulls Says:

    - Multilingual
    – Flemish

    Why ? – Think about.

  8. Gulls Says:

    When a Fleming meets foreign people inside or outside his country, he always try to speak the language of this people.

    Take a look, if you want at the following site.

    http://blog.forret.com/2006/10/being-multilingual-in-belgium/

  9. Elham Says:

    Hello Jeff

    I enjoyed alot!
    i got the first one and i understood it needless to explanation
    but about the second i made a mistake , yes , i thought it was about the measurement

    thank you for bringing smile on our lips