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One of the most popular & hilarious types of English jokes is the one that always starts with 3 people walking into a bar.
Here's one of my personal favourite’s:
A proton, an electron, & a neutron walk into a bar...
The proton orders a shot, drinks it, then takes out his wallet and pays the bartender.
The electron orders a shot, drinks it, then takes out his wallet and pays the bartender.
The neutron orders a shot, drinks it, then takes out his wallet... but the bartender stops him and says, "wait...for you, no charge..."
This joke relies on your knowledge of money, electricity, and these three scientific particles: protons, electrons, and neutrons.
There are two types of electricity as you can see on any battery, negative and positive. Protons are positively charged particles, electrons are negatively charged particles, and neutrons are neutral particles that are neither negatively nor positively charged... they have no charge.
In terms of money, the word ‘charge’ refers to how much money a seller will take from the buyer for the items the buyer wants to buy.
This joke plays on these two different meanings of ‘charge’:
'Charge' definition 1: the negative or positive electrical charge of a particle.
'Charge' definition 2: And the other being the cost of an item or good.
The reason the neutron isn’t charged is because the neutron has no charge.
In other words, the reason the neutron doesn’t have to pay any money for his drink is because the neutron isn’t an electrically charged particle.
This isn’t a very funny joke if you say it that way☝, though.
What makes this joke funny is the play on words. Many English jokes rely on a play on words for their funny factor.
Here's a fun CHALLENGE: Do you know any other jokes that start with 3 people walking into a bar?
So, that’s one of my favourite English jokes. Do you think it’s funny, too? Do you have any favourite jokes in English... or your own language? I'd love to hear what you think in the comments!
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