Seal of approval

Let’s talk about one of the lesser-known homonyms.

seal, noun

  1. pečeť – A die or signet having a raised or incised emblem used to stamp an impression on a receptive substance such as wax or lead
  2. vodoznak, značka – commercial hallmark, that authenticates, confirms, or attests.
  3. uzávěr – A device that joins two systems or elements in such a way as to prevent leakage.

This is the “seal” that prevents food from getting bad. When the seal is broken, a button pops up and you can immediately see that the bottle has been opened before.


There is also the other kind of seal, same pronunciation.

seal, n.

  • tuleňAny of various aquatic carnivorous mammals of the families Phocidae and Otariidae, found chiefly in the Northern Hemisphere and having a sleek, torpedo-shaped body and limbs that are modified into paddlelike flippers.

Well, I think it is one that not many people in the Czech Republic know, since we don’t have many of those seals nor the other. So you’ll be one of the few to understand this joke. Enjoy.


Thank you, Lenka, for the tip.


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Filed under Advanced English (pokročilí), Funny (vtipné), Intermediate (středně pokročilí), Vocabulary (slovíčka)

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