Learn English Faster with Laughter
Why, might I ask, has my steak got a dirty great footprint on it?
Well, Sir. If you remember, when you ordered your meal you told me to step on it.
Why is this funny?
The phrasal verb, step on, has a literal meaning and an idiomatic meaning.
The literal meaning is to place one’s foot on something.
The waiter literally stepped on the steak.
What Captain Britlish meant was the idiomatic meaning of to go faster.
When you step on the accelerator in a car it goes faster. From this we get, “Step on it!”.
The humour in this jokes comes from the two different meanings of the phrasal verb step on.
So, the next time you are in a restaurant, in a hurry, don’t ask for your meal like Captain Britlish did.
I’d like a steak please, and step on it.
How funny is this joke? Vote for it at Linguaspectrum.com.
Humour as a way to learn English
Humour is a great way to learn and remember English vocabulary like phrasal verbs, especially when the humour is presented in a very memorable way. I don’t think you will get a more memorable presentation of the phrasal verb step on than this animated English joke.
In this video English lesson, we explore the two meanings of the phrasal verb step on. There is an idiomatic meaning and a literal meaning.
Poor old Captain Britlish forgot about the two meanings and inadvertently introduced some ambiguity into the meal he ordered in the restaurant with hilarious consequences.
You can vote on how funny you found the joke by using the voting slip below.
I’ll be coming up with a new joke soon, so make sure you visit this site again, and bookmark it in your browser.
If you would like to know more about how and why I make the videos and the software I used, read the feature about my work at Reallusion.