[Lexicog] Christmas puns

Nicholas Miller nick.miller at CZECH-TRANSLATION.COM
Tue Dec 27 22:18:58 UTC 2011

Very droll as we would say back home in the UK.
Suitable for Christmas crackers, where jokes are typically droll (with an ironic intonation), though among these some are smarter than the average...
Incidentally it's somewhat droll that one derived origin of 'droll' means 'a fat little man' (Middle Dutch), presumably rather an amusing one.
Do any other nations/languages feature 'bad' jokes as a kind of tradition? The cracker is a fascinating thing, a bad joke, a naff hat and a crappy plastic toy with a little bang when you pull it. Where did such irony originate?
Nick Miller

On Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 6:33 AM, Dr. Fritz Goerling <fritz.goerling at yahoo.de> wrote:



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