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Scientists say listeners who hear groan-inducing puns are actually GRATEFUL for the gags

Stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr (pictured) is famous for his hilarious 'punny' one-liners

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

  • Emitting a ‘groan’ at a pun is ‘indicative of approval’, a study in the United States has found
  • Researchers asked 300 people what kind of jokes they liked giving and receiving
  • Puns and observational comedy top the list, surprising researchers

We’ve all rolled our eyes or shook our heads at a pun-filled “dad joke,” but the truth is, we secretly love them, according to a study.

In fact, emitting a “groan” is not a negative response, but “an indication of approval”, surprised researchers found.

The study from Northern Illinois University in the US polled nearly 300 people on their preferred style of jokes – both giving and receiving – while asking each respondent to take a personality test.

He had hoped to find out if those who “punished” their friends and loved ones with a pun worthy of a groan were “everyday sadists”.

Stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr (pictured) is famous for his hilarious 'punny' one-liners

Stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr (pictured) is famous for his hilarious ‘punny’ one-liners

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Emitting a ‘groan’ after a pun is not a negative response, but ‘an indication of approval’, surprised researchers have found (Picture: Milton Jones, pun-loving prankster)

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

  • “I realized I was dyslexic when I went to a goat toga party.”
  • “Say what you want about the deaf…”
  • “I was walking down the streets of Glasgow the other week and saw this ‘This door is alarmed’ sign. I was like, ‘How do you think I feel?’
  • “The first few weeks of Weight Watchers, you’re just getting your bearings.”
  • “British scientists have shown that cigarettes can harm your children. Fair enough. Use an ashtray.
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But according to the results, the pun tellers weren’t sadistic and the receivers were actually grateful, because the puns were among the most popular jokes to hear.

That’s bad news for comedians like Jimmy Carr, Milton Jones and Tim Vine, all of whom are known for their hilarious one-liners.

That’s bad news for fellow US-based political pundit John Oliver, who once called them “not just the lowest form of minds, but the lowest form of human behavior”.

Samuel Johnson, author of the 1755 Dictionary of the English Language, also had a scathing critique of the pun, once famously writing: “To play with the vocabulary which is the vehicle of social relations is to alter the currency of the human intelligence. He who would violate the sacraments of his Mother Tongue would invade the recesses of the paternal box without remorse.

They are part of a long list of naysayers who have openly declared their contempt for the joke style.

“We had many sources denouncing puns as language bastards and conversational derailers, so we assumed that punters could cause aggravation much like internet trolls,” the author told The Times. the recent Cody Gibson study from Northern Illinois University.

“We were shocked to find that people liked puns to the extent that they did… Out of nearly ten types of jokes, puns and observational jokes were liked the most.”

He added: “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a pun receive a stronger reaction than a laugh, but maybe that says more about me than puns… We’d like to suggest that puns be told, not despite, pained reactions.’

He said he hoped puns would become more popular and used by more people, because it’s “unfair to limit puns to just dads”.

Intentionally sadistic pun: Is the pun a manifestation of everyday sadism?, was published in Personality and Individual Differences, an Elsevier journal.

Worst Offenders: 20 Punny “Daddy Jokes” Guaranteed to Induce Moans and Head Shakes

  1. Elevators terrify me… I take steps to avoid them.
  2. I received an e-mail saying “At Google Earth, you can even read maps upside down”, and I thought… “This is just spam…”
  3. What do you call a man without shins? Tony.
  4. My friends and I started a group, we called it 999 megabytes. I still don’t have a concert.
  5. I fought with 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. The odds were stacked against me.
  6. I dreamed that the ocean was filled with orange soda. It was a Fanta Sea.
  7. I have just been hospitalized because of a cuckoo accident. They put me in intensive care.
  8. In college, I was so broke that I couldn’t pay the 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 big guy and Marge has blue hair.”
  10. I said to my wife: “When I die, I would like to die making love. She replied, “At least it will be quick.
  11. I decided I wanted a pet termite. I’ll call him Clint. Clint Eatswood.
  12. So many people these days are too judgmental. 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 understood why Teslas are so expensive. This is because they charge a lot.
  16. Guess who I ran into on my way to get my glasses fixed? Everybody.
  17. My wife blocked me on Facebook for posting too many bird puns. Well, the toucan is playing this game.
  18. Have you heard of the new Origami Porn channel? This is a paper view only.
  19. I was really angry when I ran into my friend Mark stealing my dictionary. I said, ‘Mark, my words!’
  20. I used to earn a lot of money by cleaning the leaves from the gardens. I was raking it.
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Courtesy of @dadsaysjokes on Twitter.

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