|This is the cover page of amNewYork on May 29. Do you see the PUN in this headline?|
Would you get PEEVED if your neighbors kept snakes, rooster, or pigs at home?
Last weekend, I blogged about PUNS, and at the end of that lesson, I mentioned that PUNS come up in conversation EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, sometimes unexpectedly, and that they're everywhere, especially in ads and newspaper headlines. I also said that we'd keep an ear or eye out for them, so we could share them with you here. Well, here's one from the cover story of a local paper here in New York City. This article is about exotic and illegally kept animals in New York City. Snakes, roosters, alligators, tigers, et al., all kept as pets. If you know the meaning of PET PEEVE, you'll quickly figure out the PUN. If you don't know what PET PEEVE means, well, keep reading; this is the topic of this lesson.
EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE (now and then; sometimes)
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR (watch out for)
|Kelsey, Stephen, & Ryan talking|
about their PET PEEVES.
|James, Philipp, Kelsey, and Stephen|
talking about what gets them riled up.
GET RILED UP (get angry)
Next, I ran into Mark, and he told me he couldn't stand it when people CLIPPED (cut) their nails on the train. I hate that, too--gross! James's PET PEEVE is when people don't say thanks after he holds the door for them. Jonathan gets annoyed when people spend too much time at the ATM (Automatic Teller Machine). Then I caught up with Kelsey, who gets PEEVED when her boyfriend puts his backpack on her bed. I totally get that. Stephen, who often rides his bike, was right there and said he hated it when people walked on bike paths.
|You can read this amNewYork article|
about illegally-kept pets in NYC here.
-- Joe Yu, ESL instructor