I was in a computer programming training. A code executed an output number 7 and the trainer asked ( assuming joking) "Why is 7 the most feared number?" and someone said "Because 7,8,9 ... aho ho ho..

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was the expression very native or idiomatic? what does this mean?




It"s a children"s joke, nothing more. It"s certainly not something one would encounter in everyday conversation.

The number pattern 7, 8, 9 sounds identical to seven ate nine in spoken form. A similar joke is depicted here:





To add to Mike"s excmmsanotherstage2019.coment answer, the first time I was introduced to this joke was in a lesson about homophones. As as child this silly joke was a perfect example, and much easier to understand then something like "Did the two of you go to the park too?"

Homophones are words that sound the same but are spmmsanotherstage2019.comed and mean different things. For example ate (past tense for eat) and eight (the number).

In the case of eight and ate, even children can tmmsanotherstage2019.com when to use them. But with too, to, and two, many adults can"t even tmmsanotherstage2019.com when they are being properly used.

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Some really common English homophones are:

two, too, tothey"re, there, theireight, atethen, thanbuy,byare, our

As a child, many of them are too confusing to easily tackle, but ate and eight, are simple. Especially if you write 8 instead of ate. And so this little, simplistic joke was used to demonstrate homophones, and how getting them wrong could change the meaning of the sentence.

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