Questions about humorous expressions, jokes, puns, etc.

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Why is “My name is Jeff” funny? [closed]

People always say stupid jokes like, my name is Jeff ,why is that funny?
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What is a Joke? [closed]

I looked up the definition of a Joke on Dictionary.com which gave me this "Something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or a ...
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What do I say if I mix something up?

In Russian, when a person mixes something up, they can jokingly say "mixed it up with the right angle" (перепутал с прямым углом). This comes from an old joke: "Water boils at 90 degrees." ...
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Is there a way to clearly identify text meant in jest? [closed]

In written text, it can be difficult to convey the appropriate sentiment. For example, if I tell someone to "go fly a kite", I could say this with a smile and/or wink in person and they would know ...
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North American joke: “What do you call Halloween boner?'”

I searched everywhere to find out what this joke means: "What do you call a Halloween boner?" "Petrified wood!" Wood is probably slang for boner. Maybe erectile dysfunction, but I still don't ...
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What is a work-appropriate “small” object for a joke? [closed]

Trying to think of a way to make this joke work-appropriate. "If we store GPS coordinates to a precision of 10 decimal points, we could even measure the size of your [expletive deleted]." What is ...
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“You can call me Charlie. But do not call me late when there are scones about.”

What is the joke in the following sentence from the Simpsons,season 17 episode 15. You can call me Charlie. But do not call me late when there are scones about. by Ricky Gervais, English ...
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What does “The computer programmer says the glass is full-empty” mean?

There is a famous expression: The glass is half empty or half full, depending on whether you are a pessimist or optimist. There is a twist on this theme for computer programmers The computer ...
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Why did a chicken cross a road? [closed]

To get to another side. Can we conclude from the indefinite article "an" in "another" that the chicken did not have a definite plan in mind?
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What does “I don't suffer from insanity” mean?

I'm pretty confused about a quote I've read on a website. It was written: I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it. I'd like to know what it really means when a person says ...
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Can someone please explain this joke? [closed]

Can someone please explain this joke to me http://bash.org/?5300 ? I don't get it, probably because of low english skills. [Spoiler used so it doesn't appear on the front page.]
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I don't get this joke [closed]

Isaw it on instagram and I don't get the joke or pun, it said, me and my plant gf me: “bby your hands is so thin” her: “that me leaf”
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What is the meaning of joke “may it plizzle the cozizzle” in Futurama?

In Futurama 5ACV16, character Leela, while in court, says "May it plizzle the cozizzle" instead of "may it please the court" to the judge (Snoop Dogg's head). I am not native English speaker, but I ...
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Phrase for criticism/insults concealed with humor

Passive aggressive people will sometimes veil insulting, critical, derogatory or generally aggressive comments with humor. The patina of humor makes the comment seem like a joke, not to be taken ...
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(Joke) Batchers Vs. Butchers

Here's the script from Inside No. 9 Nana's Party You can get them quite cheap now, can't you? It's all Marks's, actually. Apart from the ham, which I got from the local batchers. From ...
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Origin of “deez nuts”

I really hate to ask this one, but... When I was a child, some thirty plus years ago, there was a popular juvenile game where you would try to trick a friend into asking a question that could be ...
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“That's bang out of order”: pun, anagram or play on words?

There is a one-liner by Tim Vine, a British stand-up comedian, that sees him pull out a card with the word... BNAG and exclaim: That's bang out of order! The joke is derived from the idiom ...
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“The other side” to refer to the afterlife

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to "the other side." Now you can take this one of two ways. Either the chicken simply wants to arrive on the other side of the road, or he is suicidal and ...
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Ending a sentence with a preposition? [duplicate]

Recently in an episode of 'House of cards' they bring up the joke "Two freshmen girls are moving into their dorm room together. One of them's from Georgia, one of them's from Connecticut. The girl ...
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Two crows being an attempted murder

What is the point of this joke? — "What do you call two crows on a branch?" — "Attempted murder." I've googled it to check if it was a word play but the closest one I've hit was "marauder". ...
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I don't get this joke. Sentence seems like nonsense to me

So, I was at the bar last week, Behind the bar they have these signs with jokes on them. One of them said "If your drinking to forget, please pay me first"(This isn't the question, I get this joke). ...
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What is a proper response to a joke about visiting dentist at 2:30/tooth hurty?

I advised my client that I would be unavailable on a particular day because I have an appointment with the dentist to remove a tooth. The client responded What time is the appointment? 2:30? The ...
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“Have to split” in the film “The Running Man”

In the film The Running Man (1987), Arnold Schwarzenegger cut a man into two halves. His name was Buzz Saw. Then another man said: "Where did Buzz Saw go?" And Arnold Schwarzenegger said: "He had to ...
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A guy walks into a bar. His buddy laughs and says, “Don't worry, I didn't see it either.”

A guy walks into a bar. His buddy laughs and says, "Don't worry, I didn't see it either. What is the meaning of this joke? What makes it funny? (Is it supposed to be funny?) I saw this joke in ...
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Dress up like a tailback

This comes from The Newsroom S01E06, about 51:48. Will comments on a large black bodyguard's advancements on McKenzie: Will: Dress up like a tailback and he won't be able to lay a hand on you. ...
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What's “jewishness” supposed to mean?

There is an image at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/160511174191029351/ which goes like this: I don't quite get the joke... what's "Jewishness" supposed to mean in this context?
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“The man was either mad or both”

In the delightful Fry and Laurie sketch The Letter, several puns are expertly delivered by Stephen Fry, however there is one I don't understand. At 4:45 in the video, he says "The man was either mad, ...
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Aren't answers to questions dependent clauses? How do you punctuate one after the question?

For example, which one(s) is correct: Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side. Why did the chicken cross the road: to get to the other side. Why did the chicken cross the ...
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Meaning of “dog” in the “updog” joke [closed]

I don't get this joke: It smells like up dog in here, What's up dog? Nuuthin dog, what's up with you? (source) I understand that the person asking "What's up dog" is tricked into ...
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What is the “oldest joke in the book?”

What is the earliest recorded joke in a published work in the English language?
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Meaning of “9/11 is plain wrong” joke

My friend said to me that making fun out of 9/11 is plain wrong, and then he said it was a joke? Honestly I don't get the joke? Why would it be plain wrong? Doesn't plain mean nothing? I'm confused.
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What do you call two words that contradict each other in a sentence?

I'm having trouble as to what you call two words that contradict each other. For example, "That was weirdly normal." I think this kind of word play is used in puns and jokes. But I do not know how you ...
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What does it mean - “When X does Y, God kills Z”? [closed]

I've come across many pages, articles and texts which say something like When X does Y, God kills a kitten When X happens, God kills an elephant Like here - God kills a pigeon here - God kills ...
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What is funny in Inflammable

In one episode of Simpsons there is joke when fire catches because a foreign citizen read "inflammable" on a gas bottle, and said it is all right.
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Is the phrase “Take my wife – please!” a paraprosdokian?

I was reading the wiki page about paraprosdokians and I don't understand why the phrase: Take my wife – please! is classified as one.
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What does the phrase “never the mane shall tweet” mean?

It has long been known that birds will occasionally build nests in the manes of horses. The only known solution to this problem is to sprinkle baker's yeast in the mane, for, as we all know, ...
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Meaning of “My high kicks are not done in a line!”

My high kicks are not done in a line! The above sentence appeared as a legend in a T-shirt I saw once. It accompanied the caricature of a soccer player warming up, but I didn't get the pun ...
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What does Mitt Romney's “Telephone Tips: ‘Just Left,’ 25 cents; ‘On His Way,’ 50 cents; ‘Not here,’ $1; ‘Who?’ $5.” mean?

There was the following paragraph in Maureen Dowd’s article titled, "Mitt Romney is the president of white male America” in November 10 New York Times: Maybe the group can retreat to a man cave in ...
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What is the meaning of this joke: “Oklahoma Pronounced Success.”

I have tried my best, I absolutely don't understand this joke. ( Found on language learning sites). And it puzzles me so much... I don't even grasp what can be laughed about, I'm just completely ...
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“If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”

What does the following Jack Lemmon quote mean: If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. I guess picking up the wrong golf ball must be an idiom but I ...
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What does the sentence “say hello to karma” mean?

It's a part of a Dilbert's strip you can find here: I understand every word. But not the joke as a whole. Can you explain the irony?
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Origin of “I’ve heard of [x] but this is ridiculous!” [closed]

I heard this on a David Frost show from the 60s. It’s got me wondering who was the first comedian to use this joke form. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ButThisIsRidiculous
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What exactly does this “play a country song backwards” joke mean?

So I come across this joke,which rather confuses me. — What do you get when you play a country song backwards? — You get your house back, your wife back, your dog back, your truck back... I ...
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Does a second meaning of “Hypotenuse” exist?

I've recently read this joke: You may be right, Pythagoras, but everyone’s going to laugh if you call it a “hypotenuse”. Does "hypotenuse" have a second meaning? What's funny about the word? Is ...
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Curious about the type of humour employed by Twitter's @AntiJokeCat? [closed]

Despite my general disregard for Twitter and its adherents, I very much enjoy AntiJokeCat's brand of humour. His/her gags are funny because they seem to subvert the notion of what a joke is and ...
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What does “down with homework” mean?

I was watching The Simpson series. In season 7, episode 12, Bart exposes a t-shirt on which the phrase "DOWN WITH HOMEWORK" is written. Then the entire students in the classroom start a riot all of a ...
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A joke about blind date [closed]

I cannot understand this joke on Twitter: Has a blind date. The dates blind. I know what blind date is, but what's the meaning of the second sentence?
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Why is the answer “Again with the string?” funny when you pulled the string of a talking doll of your mother?

I know it’s boorish and unsophisticated to ask why it is funny on a joke, but I venture to ask. New York Times’ theater review (May 20) of “Old Jews telling jokes” carried the following Jewish jokes; ...
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What does “Every Jewish mother will die, a fact many are not exactly famous for playing down” mean?

The New York Times (May 20) carried a review on a revue, “Old Jews telling jokes”, currently being performed at the Westside Theater, under the title “Such a tradition of humor, and this is only a ...
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Is this an example of a zeugma?

The following joke is well-known for its ambiguity, with some variation in the animals used: Would you rather a bear ate you or a snake? When the answerer responds something along the lines of, ...