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I want to refer to "a nice lawyer joke", where the joke is nice, not the lawyer. How can I do that unambiguously? Is it best to rephrase to something like "a nice joke about lawyers", which to me sounds a little clumsy?

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    I think hyphen will come to your rescue here. Compare nice-lawyer joke with nice lawyer-joke. – user392935 Aug 30 '20 at 9:02
  • @Stockfish - yes, that does the trick. Thanks. – Peter4075 Aug 31 '20 at 7:52
  • Lawyer: "You have come to the right person for help but I must tell you my fees are high". Plaintiff: "Oh good! But how much do you charge?". Lawyer: "£50,000 for the answers to two questions". Plaintiff: "Heavens! That's rather a lot isn't it? Lawyer: "Yes. What's your second question?" – Anton Sep 30 '20 at 21:35
  • @Anton That qualifies as a "good bad-lawyer joke" :-) – Peter4075 Oct 2 '20 at 7:13

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