What do you get if you cross some ants with some ticks?



Does it mean - why do you try to do the thing that is nonsense?

Hello Saren,

This is a common kind of joke. When a joke asks 'what you get when you cross', 'cross' means something like 'mix' or 'combine'. If you combine the words 'ants' and 'ticks', it sounds like the word 'antics'. It's not really about combining the insects -- it's about combining the words.

This is called a play and words and is a common type of joke, though it's not very easy to follow!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

helpful reply,thanks

Sorry ,I can't get this joke's point~ Who can give me an explanation .

Hello lucyhao,

It is a play on words. 'Ants' and 'ticks' are both types of insect. 'Antics' means foolish and often amusing behaviour.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

ha ha ha ha nice joke

If you make this joke in Turkey, you would be probably get beaten!

i would like to know

The quality of photo is awful.