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silvia.patti
Italy

jokes
 
Could anyone explain me the meaning of these two jokes?
1. Why is it so hard to find a store that sells alligator shoes? Nobody wants to wait on alligators.
2. What is a lumberjack? Something used to lift up a flat tree.

Thanks for your help.
Silvia

4 May 2012      



mercader11
Venezuela

1  you should pay attention to the phrasal verb WAIT ON

2  JACK is a lifting device (example used for cars)

4 May 2012     



Anna P
Brazil

1. Why is it so hard to find a store that sells alligator shoes? Nobody wants to wait on alligators.
Alligator shoes are made with alligator leather but, in the joke, a store sells shoes for alligators and, of course, who would want to attend, to serve (wait on) an alligator?
 
2. What is a lumberjack? Something used to lift up a flat tree.
If a jack is a device used to lift a car, a lumberjack should be (in the joke) used to lift lumber.

4 May 2012     



almaz
United Kingdom

Usually, when you have to explain jokes, they cease to be funny. Fortunately, these have the advantage of not being funny to start with (´lumber´ = ´flat tree´??).

4 May 2012     



ldthemagicman
United Kingdom

A well-dressed man with a brief-case under his arm, and leading an ALLIGATOR behind him on a dog-leash, walked into a restaurant.
 
"Excuse me, do you serve Lawyers in this restaurant?" he asked the Waiter.
 
The Waiter gave him a big Welcome Smile.  "Yes, Sir!  We DO serve Lawyers!"
 
The man said: "Excellent.  Could you serve me with a Chicken Sandwich, please, and could you serve my Alligator with a Lawyer!"
 
Les

4 May 2012     



ascincoquinas
Portugal

Les:

That was awesome! Thanks!


4 May 2012     



ldthemagicman
United Kingdom

 
Today, the 4th of May, is "NATIONAL STAR-WARS DAY".
 
"MAY THE FORTH BE WITH YOU"
 

4 May 2012     



silvia.patti
Italy

Thanks to all of you, now they are clear. I had to explain them to my students this morning, but we found these two really unclear. Next time I ´ll say them your joke, Les.

HAve a nice Saturday.

4 May 2012     



Olindalima ( F )
Portugal

Jokes apart

"MAY THE FORTH BE WITH YOU"


4th May

We are the power. 
Linda

4 May 2012     



Jayho
Australia

I agree with Almaz - they are not funny.  If you google them you will only find them twice of which one is in a  grammar book. Popular jokes appear in numerous sites.  It seems to me that the author had one drink too many when they were trying to create jokes to illustrate their grammar points.
 
These make much more sense:
 
Q: What´s the similarity between an Alligator and Windows?
A: Neither of them has enough bytes!

 
Q: Who gives alligators presents on Christmas?
A: Santa Jaws!

4 May 2012