Lyrical Peculiar Homophones

Teacher: Ok class, today we’re going to rehearse the song we learned yesterday. Do you still remember the song?

Students: Yes!

Teacher: What was the name of the song?

Students: Do-Re-Mi from “The Sound of Music”.

Teacher: Great! Now, let’s sing the song again. Together, on my mark, 3-2-1. Doe a deer a female deer …

A student: Excuse me Sir. Is it “dough” as in “doughnut”.

Teacher: No. It’s “doe” as in D-O-E.

A student: Oh, so it’s not D-O-U-G-H?

Teacher: Well, those words happen to be homophones. They have the same pronounciation but their spellings are completely different.

A student: Hmm, how about “though”. You know, “although” and “eventhough”.

Teacher: (taking a deep breath) They’re not only different in terms of spelling but also different in terms of phonetic sound. In “doe” and “dough”, we use /d/ sound. So, they will be /doʊ/, whereas “though” uses /ð/, which will be /ðoʊ/. We use /ð/ in words like; “THe”, “faTHer”, or “boTHer”. (The teacher stresses the last word heavily.)

A sudent: (Sensing iritation) Ah, so I see.

Teacher: Well, I hope you understand that now. Anyway, let’s get back to our previous topic, singing. So, you still remember the lyric and melody. Again, on my mark. 3-2-1.

A student: Doe a dough although not though …

Teacher: WHAAAAT!@#!!*%$?!!!

A student: But the lyric matches the melody. (kaboooooor)




Feel free to use this joke for your stand up material in front of . . . linguistic nerds.


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