My friend and I are walking along a nude beach. There is an exposed man directly in front of us. My friend asks me what time it is. My response is "It's 12 o'cock."

Pun or bad joke?

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    Why can't it be both? A hun is the lowest form of roomer. – Elliott Frisch Mar 20 '14 at 15:32
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    I'd go with just a bad joke. I don't think the two words sound similar /enough/ to make it as a pun. – andi Mar 20 '14 at 15:45
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    Look up Freudian slip. – John Lawler Mar 20 '14 at 15:53
  • I thought it was a sun-dial joke, until I realized that the word after "12" wasn't "o'clock." – Sven Yargs Mar 21 '14 at 18:38

It is both a pun and a bad joke. (Many puns are both.)

This would be an example of a homophonic pun, which uses two words that sound similar (homophones), substituting one for the other.

  • Is a 'homophonic pun' also a pun in this situation at the nude beach? :) – Peter G Mar 20 '14 at 16:24

A pun is defined as a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings. So yes, substituting the word clock with cock here would make it a pun.

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