"Dad joke" is a term used to describe a short joke, typically a pun, presented as a one-liner or a question and answer, but not a narrative. Generally inoffensive, dad jokes are traditionally told by fathers among family, either with sincere humorous intent, or to intentionally provoke a negative reaction to its "dagginess".
Many dad jokes may be considered anti-jokes, deriving humour from an intentionally unfunny punchline. One of the most common "dad jokes" goes as follows: A child will say to the dad, "I'm hungry," to which the dad 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". 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. The term "dad jokes" received mentions in Australian quiz show Spicks and Specks in 2009, and in the American sitcom How I Met Your Mother in 2008. However, the term spread into general use only after 2014 with increasing numbers of web searches on Google,
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