This Thursday we have another one of the most popular & hilarious types of English jokes, that always start with 3 people walking into a bar. Here it is:
The past, present and future walk into a bar...
It was tense.
This joke is a play on words and relies on your knowledge of the word 'tense'.
This joke plays on these two different meanings of the word ‘tense’:
'Tense' definition 1: causing or characterised by anxiety and nervousness.
'Tense' definition 2: a set of forms taken by a verb to indicate the time of the action in relation to the time of speaking.
What makes this joke funny is the play on words. Many English jokes rely on a play on words for their funny factor. The reason the situation might be tense (definition 1) is because the past, present, and future are all in the same place and the same time (which is impossible & therefore a funny concept in in of itself). The word 'tense' is also the word we use to talk about the relationship between time and words. This joke is funny because the punchline has two meanings.
Here's a fun CHALLENGE: What are some popular jokes in your language?
So, that’s another fabulously funny English joke... in my opinion. 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!I hope you found this article helpful! If you did, please like and comment!