Dad not only one who finds his jokes funny

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE -

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.”

PHOTO: ISTOCK

EASY LAUGHS: Dad jokes are in fash­ion.

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