Late one night a burglar broke into a house and while he was sneaking around he heard a voice say, "Christ is watching you." He looked around and saw nothing. So he kept on creeping and again heard, "Christ is watching you."

In a dark corner, he saw a cage with a parrot inside. The burglar asked the parrot, "Was it you who said christ is watching me?" The parrot replied, "Yes, it was me." Relieved, the burglar asked, "What's your name?" The parrot said, "Jerry."

The burglar said, "That's a stupid name for a parrot. What idiot named you Jerry?" The parrot answered, "The same idiot who named the doberman Christ."

We're going to look at three words which are used in the joke. They are to sneak, to creep and to relieve. Be careful with to relieve. It is in no way similar to the verb "to relive", which just means "to live again". What's more, the first syllable of relieve is weaker than the second: reLIEVE, whereas both syllables of relive are strong: RELIVE. From these verbs we get the nouns depicted by the images in the table below.

Word Synonyms Image (click)
Sneaking Tiptoeing/Creeping Sneakers
Creeping Crawling/Slinking Creepers
Relieved Calmed/Reassured Relief

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