[Lexicog] 'Bad' jokes (was: Christmas puns)

Dr. Fritz Goerling fritz.goerling at YAHOO.DE
Wed Dec 28 18:04:35 UTC 2011

Hi Nick,

I found the following link in answer to your question: "Do any other nations/languages feature 'bad' jokes as a kind of tradition?"

What do you mean by "bad" joke? A groaner, a macabre joke, a lame joke, an unfunny one, a silly joke a corny one - or a really good one? 


From: Nicholas Miller 
Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 11:18 PM
To: lexicographylist at yahoogroups.com 
Subject: Re: [Lexicog] Christmas puns


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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