dad joke

dad joke

A dad joke is a short joke, typically a pun, presented as a one-liner or a question and answer, but not a narrative.[1] Generally inoffensive, dad jokes are stereotypically told by fathers among family, either with sincere humorous intent, or to intentionally provoke a negative reaction to its overly-simplistic humor.

Many dad jokes may be considered anti-jokes, deriving humor from an intentionally unfunny punchline.[2]

types of dad joke

A common type of dad joke goes as follows: A child will say to the father, “I’m hungry,” to which the father will reply, “Hi, Hungry, I’m Dad.”[3] The word “hungry” isn’t needed for this type of joke, as any state-of-being adjective can be used.

origin of dad joke

While the exact origin of the term dad joke is unknown, a writer for the Gettysburg Times wrote an impassioned defence of the genre in June 1987 under the headline “Don’t ban the ‘Dad’ jokes; preserve and revere them”.[4] The term “dad jokes” received mentions in the American sitcom How I Met Your Mother in 2008[5] and the Australian quiz show Spicks and Specks in 2009.[6] In September 2019, Merriam-Webster added dad joke to the dictionary.[7]

examples of dad joke

Q: What do you call a dad joke that falls on its head? A: A dud pun.
Q: On Thanksgiving, why did the turkey cross the table? A: To get to the other sides.
A ham sandwich walks into a bar and the bartender says…Sorry we don’t serve food here.
Q: What do you call a mermaid on a roof? A: Aerial.
Q: What does a highlighter say when it answers the phone? A: Yello!!
I am wrapping Christmas presents. Let’s put on some rap music.
Q: What’s Irish and comes out in the spring? A: Paddy O’Furniture.[8]

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