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Description

Robinson Crusoe finds a recipe book and then, by means of a series of humorous plays on words, misinterprets the recipe. 'Batter the fish' is taken literally, with Crusoe taking a mallet to the fish.
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First broadcast:
25 January 1994

Classroom Ideas

Discuss the meaning of the word 'homonym'; this being two words with the same spelling but a different meaning. Talk about how Robinson Crusoe would not have been confused if he had understood the context of the words catch, beat and pick. Discuss word play in jokes. Ask the children for examples or use a joke book to find some.

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