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(Recently the following has been making its way through Whatsapp. I am sharing it here not knowing who the author is. This was sent by a former colleague TSL.)

Lexophile describes those with a love for words, such as “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish,” or “To write with a broken pencil is pointless”

An annual competition is held by the New York Times to see who can create the best original lexophile.

Some of these phrases need an understanding of science and cultural metaphors. An interesting way to teach students from a non Anglo-Saxon culture the idioms.

What careers do you think suits a Lexophile?

The last one is a reason to be humble and not smarty pants.


No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

If you don’t pay your exorcist, you can get repossessed.

I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can’t put it down.

I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

Did you hear about the crossed-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

When chemists die, they barium.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I’d swear I’ve never met herbivore.

I know a guy who’s addicted to drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.

I got some batteries that were given out free of charge.

A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

A will is a dead giveaway.

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He’s all right now.

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it’s just two tired.

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.

He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed.

When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.

Acupuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point of it.

Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.

For more jokes to lighten your day:
Creating communities through laughter.

Ice-Breaker: Paper Tearing Activity Team building Games at the Workplace or with your kids on a rainy day Objective: Communication and being a good listener.  Materials: A4 sheet of paper per person. Time: 5 minutes Directions: 1. Tell the participants to pay close attention and perform the requested task. 2. No one can ask questions during this activity. 3. Close your eyes during the activity — no peeking! 4. Fold your sheet of paper in half. 5. Tear off the upper right-hand corner. 6. Fold your paper in half again. 7. Tear off the lower right-hand corner. 8. Fold your paper in half. 9. Tear off the upper left-hand corner. 10. Fold in half a final time. 11. Tear off the lower left-hand corner. 12. Unfold your paper and hold it up. 13. Open your eyes, look at the product and compare it with the other participants’ products."   Debrief:  Remember, when you communicate with others, they may not receive the message you sent. Individual perceptions vary. Have table groups debrief and discuss. Here are some possible discussion topic(s).  If you were given the same directions, why were everyone’s products different?  What does this mean to you as a communicator? Now you can try writing your own directions for this exercise. Regroup into listening teams. Each team member should read his or her directions aloud as the remaining members do the paper folding and tearing. After all the team members have taken a turn reading directions, determine whose directions were the easiest to follow. Consider the following: What did or did not work in your directions? What did you do to communicate more accurately in the second exercise? Why are good communications needed everywhere in life? What kinds of real-life situations could be avoided if clear communication were always possible. Variations: This can be done with eyes open, but only oral directions. Industry examples for children Air traffic control and aviation Traders and hand signals Cross-cultural miscomm, time, space, gestures, facial expression. Source: Active Training by Mel Silberman, 658.3124 SIL (BIZ) Submitted by:  Jennifer Arns