Puzzles and wordplay in the language classroom. Edmund Dudley. A question…. ambigram. Why this topic?. Early memories of wordplay. NDNTOOCUW. WRSDORCSOS. CROSSWORDS. COUNTDOWN. BECALSBR. SCRABBLE. Wordplay as culture. megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért. Really long words
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Kellemetes hely, melyben kedvedre ehetsz eleget,
ellenben e nevezetes helyen teljes keresetedet elverheted.
(mikor sodorsz ki?)
(maradok a magam ura)
Tres tristes tigres. (Spanish)
She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
Red lorry, yellow lorry
Three thin trees and three tall trees.
Face your partner. Choose a tongue twister.
Take turns, saying it as fast as you can each time.
The loser is the first one to mess up.
1. Truly rural
2. Red lorry, yellow lorry
3. Please pay promptly
Name Verb (t) Adjective Noun
Laura loves luscious lemons
Barbara buys Brazilian buttons
Do you know any jokes about sodium?
Do you want to hear a joke about Potassium?
I would make another Chemistry joke…
… but all the good ones Argon
Puns on fruit: Can you spot five?
kiss and makeup
Long time no see!
Allforone and oneforall!
Noon rings out. A wasp, making an ominous sound, a sound akin to a klaxon or a tocsin, flits about. Augustus, who has had a bad night, sits up blinking and purblind. Oh what was that word (is his thought) that ran through my brain all night, that idiotic word that, hard as I'd try to pun it down, was always just an inch or two out of my grasp - fowl or foul or Vow or Voyal?
I met a traveller from an antique landWho said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stoneStand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,Tell that its sculptor well those passions readWhich yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.And on the pedestal these words appear --"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"Nothing beside remains. Round the decayOf that colossal wreck, boundless and bareThe lone and level sands stretch far away.'
I know a pilgrim from a distant land
Who said: Two vast and sawn-off limbs of quartz
Stand on an arid plain. Not far, in sand
Half sunk, I found a facial stump, drawn warts
And all; its curling lips of cold command
Show that its sculptor passions could portray
Which still outlast, stamp’d on unliving things,
A mocking hand that no constraint would sway:
And on its plinth this lordly boast is shown:
“Lo, I am Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, O Mighty, and bow down!”
‘Tis all that is intact. Around that crust
Of a colossal ruin, now windblown,
A sandstorm swirls and grinds it into dust. (G. Adair)
A: Interview your partner. Ask any question you want. Try to get her/him to say one of the following words:
B: Answer your partner’s questions without using any of the words above!
A: You are the driver. You don’t want to stop.
B: You are the passenger. You need to answer
a ‘call of nature’
Act out the conversation – no words
containing the letter E allowed!
wordto be described
wordto be described
Writing a letter to a hotel
“a whisker from the beard of Charles Darwin”
“a warm glass of Sri Lankan mango juice ”
Finish the palindrome:
Mr Owl ate my metal ______
Never odd or ______
Dammit, I’m ______!
Can you remember these?
Tom Marvolo Riddle =
I am Lord Voldemort
O, Draconian devil! =
Leonardo da Vinci
Oh, lame saint! =
The Mona Lisa
= Dirty Room
= A rope ends it
= Here Come Dots
= Cash Lost in'em
= Twelve plus one
To be, or not to be, that is the question:Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
= In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.
Rev. W. A. Spooner (1844–1930), Warden of New College, Oxford
Spoonerism: a mistake in which you change around the first sounds of two words by mistake when saying them, often with a humorous result
A Tom Swifty is wordplay in which an adverb relates both properly and punningly to a speech act:
"I'll have a martini," said Tom, drily.
"Who discovered radium?" asked Marie curiously.
"That's the last time I'll stick my arm in a lion's mouth," the lion-tamer said off-handedly.
"Your Honour, you're crazy!" said Tom judgementally.
"The doctor had to remove my left ventricle," said Tom half-heartedly.
"Don't let me drown in Egypt!" pleaded Tom, deep in denial.
“the most serene and civilized way of wasting time that I, now nearing 80, have as yet discovered.”
People bothered about language in Mass – those devoted to the Virgin (11 letters)
The Solution: GRAMMARIANS
How you get the solution:
A word meaning mass (GRAM) and a word meaning those devoted to the Virgin (MARIANS) are put together to give you a word meaning people bothered about language (GRAMMARIANS)
Slipped a disc - it’s cruel (8 letters)
This indicates something is out of position – an anagram!
There are eight letters in the solution;
The solution means cruel
Can you solve it?
Arranged robes like a judge (5 letters)
Revolutionary colours invisible for the bloody right-wing politician (6,10)
Fellow from Exeter, say, has footwear to put on (6,3)
Make J-U-M-P in wonder (10 letters)
_O_E - _E_T_R
Amundsen’s forwarding address (4)
Have fun with puzzles and wordplay!