Learn English Faster with Laughter
Captain Britlish: Good morning, Tony.
Tony: Good morning, Captain Britlish.
Captain Britlish: Wait a minute, Tony. What have you got there, in that tank?
Tony: It’s my pet, Captain.
Captain Britlish: Pet, hey? Might I ask what it is?
Tony: It’s a newt, Captain. An amphibian.
Captain Britlish: How very interesting! Does it have a name?
Tony: Yes, Captain. I call him Tiny.
Captain Britlish: Why do you call him Tiny, Tony? Is it because he’s very small?
Tony: Not really, Captain. I call him Tiny because he’s my newt.
Why is this funny?
Did you notice Captain Britlish saying “Wait a minute”?
The word minute is a homonym with minute.
A homonym is a word that has the same spelling as another word, but has a different meaning.
The noun, minute, as in one sixtieth of an hour, or sixty seconds, is pronounced /ˈmɪnɪt/.
Notice the stress is on the first syllable.
When pronounced as /maɪˈnjuːt/ it is an adjective meaning very small in size.
Notice that the stress in minute is on the second syllable.
Now, the newt belongs to Tony. It is his pet newt.
Tony says “I call him Tiny because he’s my newt”, my newt is pronounced the same as minute.
Something that is minute is tiny, a synonym for very small.
Newts are very small.
The pronunciation of minute and my newt, and the fact that minute means tiny, is where the joke gets its humour.
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