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Cracking jokes I

An excellent way to improve your foreign language skills is by means of jokes.

A joke is a short story or ironic depiction of a situation communicated with the intent of being humorous. They often introduce new vocabulary and force you to think in English (or whatever other language) in order for you to understand them, and you can also have a good laugh.

“To crack a joke” means to tell a joke, and it's commonly used in the informal language. If something (or someone) makes you laugh a lot, then it (or the person) “cracks you up.”

I'll share today a joke that introduces vocabulary mainly related to physical appearance:

«A woman rushed to see her doctor, looking very much worried and all strung out. She rattles off: "Doctor, take a look at me. When I woke up this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror and saw my hair all wiry and frazzled up, my skin was all wrinkled and pasty, my eyes were bloodshot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face! What's wr…