Dad Jokes

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Joel Woodcook, Staff Writer

“When does a joke become a dad joke? When is becomes a-parent.” While this is a good dad joke, it does raise the question: what classifies a joke as a dad joke?
Dad jokes are a type of single line dry humor, told mainly by dads. Though at times their purpose is to be funny, they are oftentimes told to get a negative reaction.
An example of a dad joke is as follows: “My favorite childhood memory is building sandcastles with my grandfather. That is, until my mother took the urn from me.” While this would be humorous to the teller, it is more shocking than funny to the ones being told it.
Another example is this: “I tried donating blood today; never again! There were too many stupid questions: Whose blood was it? Where did you get it from? Why is it in a bucket?”
What is most important in its classification as a dad joke is its format. Dad jokes are of the most iconic of one-liners, and the two terms are often used interchangeably. Other types of jokes include observational humor, anecdotal humor, which are based upon the personal life of the joke teller, situational humor, which create a scene for a joke to play out (a common example being sitcoms), and several others.
Dad jokes are by far the most common of these and take little set up to tell. Even if some don’t find humor in them, there are still many who find joy in telling them.