What is black and white and re(a)d all over?
If this joke makes no sense to you, you are on the same level as many American children who are learning English as their first language. One purpose of humor is to teach our children that words have more than one meaning.
In the case of this classic American joke, the word “red/read” has more than one meaning. If it’s spelled one way, it’s a color. If it’s spelled another way, it’s a verb.
If you appreciate the double meanings of words, then you are probably a good joke teller—in English or in your native language.
Here are some more riddles with double meanings for the kids in your life.
Question: What has one head, one foot, but no legs?
Answer: A bed.
Question: What is an insect's favorite sport?
Question: Why can't a leopard hide from anyone?
Answer: Because it's always spotted.
Question: Why do lions not like to eat clowns?
Answer: Because they taste funny.
Question: What's worse than raining cats and dogs?
Answer: Hailing taxis.
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