Puns rely on the humorous use of a word (or phrase) so as to emphasize or suggest its different meanings or applications.
Here, are puns based on homophones: words that are alike (or nearly alike) in sound but different in spelling and meaning.
- A bicycle can’t stand on its own because it is two-tired.
- With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.
- Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I’ll show you A-flat minor.
- When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
- You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.
- Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.
- Once you’ve seen one shopping center you’ve seen a mall.
- Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat.
- Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.
- A backwards poet writes in verse.
- When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.
- Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
- The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference.
- When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.
- When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.