Scientists say listeners who hear defiant moaning puns are actually GRATEFUL for the jokes.

Why dads tell dad jokes: Scientists say listeners who hear moan-inducing puns are actually GRATEFUL for jokes (as we reveal the 20 worst ones)

  • A U.S. study found that “groaning” at a pun “indicates approval”.
  • The researchers asked 300 people what kind of jokes they like.
  • Puns and observational comedies top the list of recipients, surprising researchers

We’ve all rolled our eyes or shook our heads at the punned “father joke,” but the truth is, we secretly love them, research has shown.

In fact, “groaning” is not a negative response, but a “sign of approval,” as the surprised researchers found.

Studying in the North Illinois A university in the United States tested about 300 people on their preferred style of jokes – both to joke and to receive – and also asked each respondent to take a personality test.

He hoped to find out whether those who “punished” their friends and loved ones with groan-worthy wordplay were “ordinary sadists.”

Stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr (pictured) is known for his hilarious one-liners.

Surprised researchers found that

Surprised researchers found that “groaning” after a pun is not a negative response, but a “sign of approval” (pictured: pun-loving prankster Milton Jones)

Five classic Jimmy Carr one-liners (not for the touchy)

  • “I realized I was dyslexic when I went to a toga party dressed as a goat.”
  • “Say what you want about the deaf…”
  • “Last week I was walking through the streets of Glasgow and saw a sign: “This door is on alarm”. I said to myself, “How do you think I feel?”
  • “The first few weeks of Weight Watchers, you’re just starting to get back on your feet.”
  • “British scientists have shown that cigarettes can harm your children. Fair. Use an ashtray.

But according to the results, the puns weren’t sadistic, and the recipients were genuinely grateful, as puns were among the most popular jokes one could hear.

This is bad news for comedians like Jimmy Carr, Milton Jones or Tim Vine who are known for their funny one-liners.

However, this is bad news for US-based compatriot and political pundit John Oliver, who once branded them “not just the lowest form of wit, but the lowest form of human behavior.”

Samuel Johnson, author of the 1755 Dictionary of the English Language, also made a scathing review of the pun, once writing: “To play with vocabulary, which is a means of social communication, is to tamper with the currency of the human intellect.” … He who encroaches on the sacred things of his native language, without regret, invades the recesses of his father’s cash register.

They are among a long list of naysayers who have openly declared their disdain for the style of jokes.

“We had a lot of sources condemning puns as bastards of language and interfering with conversation, so we assumed that puns can be annoying in the same way as Internet trolls,” said Cody Gibson, author of a recent study from Northern Illinois University. once.

This is bad news for comedians like Jimmy Carr, Milton Jones or Tim Vine (pictured), who are known for their hilarious one-liners.

This is bad news for comedians like Jimmy Carr, Milton Jones or Tim Vine (pictured), who are known for their hilarious one-liners.

“We were shocked to find that people liked puns so much… Of the nearly ten types of jokes, puns and observational jokes were the ones we liked the most.”

He added, “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a pun get more of a reaction than a laugh, but maybe that says more about me than the puns…reactions.

He said he hoped puns would become more valuable and used by more people, as “it’s not fair to limit puns to just fathers”.

Deliberately sadistic pun: is the pun a manifestation of everyday sadism? , was published in Elsevier’s Personality and Individual Differences.

The Worst Offenders: 20 Punchy ‘Daddy Jokes’ Guaranteed to Make Moans and Heads Shake

  1. Elevators scare me… I try to avoid them.
  2. I got an email that said, “On Google Earth, we can even read maps backwards” and I thought… “This is just spam…”
  3. What is a person without legs called? Tony.
  4. My friends and I put together a group and called it 999 megabytes. Although there is still no concert.
  5. I entered the fight with 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. The odds were against me.
  6. I dreamed of an ocean filled with orange soda. It was Fanta More.
  7. Just got to the hospital due to a peek-a-boo accident. They put me in intensive care.
  8. In college, I was so poor that I couldn’t pay my electricity bill. Those were the darkest days of my life.
  9. I went to the doctor with hearing problems. He said, “Can you describe the symptoms?” I said, “Homer is a fat dude and Marge has blue hair.”
  10. I told my wife, “When I die, I would like to die having sex.” She replied: “At least it will be fast.”
  11. I decided I wanted a house termite. I’ll call him Clint. Clint Itswood.
  12. So many people these days are too biased. I can tell just by looking at them.
  13. How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh? 10 tickles
  14. “Dad, can you tell me what a solar eclipse is?” no sun
  15. I understand why Teslas are so expensive. Because they take a lot.
  16. Guess who I ran into when I went to get my glasses fixed? All.
  17. My wife blocked me on Facebook because I post too many bird puns. Well, toucan play this game.
  18. Have you heard about the new Origami Porn channel? This is just the paper look.
  19. I was very angry when I ran into my friend Mark who stole my dictionary. I said, “Mark, my words!”
  20. I used to make a lot of money removing leaves from gardens. I raked him.

Contributed by @dadsaysjokes on Twitter.