Dad not only one who finds his jokes funny
GET ready to cringe, because dad jokes are officially back in fashion – and they’re absolutely everywhere on social media.
Loved and hated in equal measures, experts think we’ve turned to the wince-worthy gags as an antidote to a “new age of nastiness” at the moment.
They may make you roll your eyes, but everybody “gets” a dad joke and you know the harmless gag isn’t going to offend anyone.
No, your old man isn’t the only one who finds his jokes funny – and the internet has the proof.
A Reddit thread dedicated to “jokes that make you laugh and cringe in equal measure” has 1.2 million subscribers. Everyone knows a dad joke. The term can be traced back to 1987, when a writer in the Gettysburg Times defended the phenomenon.
Dad jokes like to play on double entendres and unsophisticated wordplay – where the ambiguity is “crushingly obvious”, linguist and dad Professor Stanley Dubinsky told The Atlantic.
Stanley thinks our new love of dad jokes comes from a reaction to living “in an age of a new nastiness”.
He added: “You know that no matter what I say, my joke won’t hurt you – and I want everybody to get my joke, so I’m going to make it so stunningly obvious that anybody can get it.”
EASY LAUGHS: Dad jokes are in fashion.