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Jokes

joke

noun

a short story that is funny at the end. The last line of the joke is called the punchline

pun

noun

a humorous use of a word that has two meanings, or of words with the same sound but different meanings. For example, in the sentence ‘The violinist spent the night in a vile inn’, vile inn (=poor hotel) sounds like violin.

innuendo

noun

the use of statements with a second possible meaning, usually referring to sex and intended as a joke, or one of these statements

joke

noun

something you say or do that is intended to make people laugh

witticism

noun

a clever and funny remark

one-liner

noun

a joke that consists of a single sentence

wordplay

noun

clever or funny use of words

wisecrack

noun

a joke or clever remark that upsets or annoys you

shaggy dog story

noun

a very long joke that ends in a silly way

a play on words

a clever or funny use of a word that has two different meanings

mom jeans

a style of loose-fitting jeans with a high waist, often considered unfashionable

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endies

Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings: people who are in work but only earn just enough to live on

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