Dad joke

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A dad joke is a short joke, typically a pun, presented as a one-liner or a question and answer, but not a narrative.[1] Generally inoffensive, dad jokes are stereotypically told by fathers among family, either with sincere humorous intent, or to intentionally provoke a negative reaction to its overly-simplistic humor.

Many dad jokes may be considered anti-jokes, deriving humor from an intentionally unfunny punchline.[2] An example dad jokes goes as follows: A child will say to the father, "I'm hungry," to which the father will reply, "Hi, Hungry, I'm Dad."

While the exact origin of the term dad joke is unknown, a writer for the Gettysburg Times wrote an impassioned defense of the genre in June of 1987 under the headline "Don't ban the 'Dad' jokes; preserve and revere them".[3] The earliest known use of the term online was on B3ta Forums in December 2003. On a thread titled "Dad Jokes", users shared "lame jokes" made by their fathers.[4] The term "dad jokes" received mentions in Australian quiz show Spicks and Specks in 2009,[5] and in the American sitcom How I Met Your Mother in 2008.[6] However, the term spread into general use only after 2014 with increasing numbers of web searches on Google.[7]

In September 2019, Merriam-Webster added dad joke to the dictionary.[8]


  1. ^ "Father's Day: In praise of dad jokes". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  2. ^ Luu, Chi (12 June 2019). "The Dubious Art of the Dad Joke". JSTOR. ITHAKA. Retrieved 15 June 2019. Dad jokes are a kind of anti-joke, different from other ways of joking in their performance, even formulaic jokes. Like self-deprecatingly joking about a personal flaw before your bullies do, dad jokes seem to court failure, presenting themselves as deliberately bad, deliberately uncool, deliberately anti-humor.
  3. ^ "Don't ban the "Dad" jokes; preserve and revere them". Gettysburg Times. June 20, 1987. p. 5. Retrieved 2019-02-09 – via NewspaperArchive.
  4. ^ " qotw". Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  5. ^ zombieshoes76 (2009-08-30), Spicks & Specks- Dad Jokes, retrieved 2016-03-02
  6. ^ Fryman, Pamela (2008-11-10), Not a Father's Day, retrieved 2016-03-02
  7. ^ "Google Trends". Google Trends. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  8. ^ "We Added New Words to the Dictionary for September 2019". Merriam-Webster. 17 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.

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