The oldest joke I know is…this little conversation..
- Did you know my dog’s got no nose?
- Your dog’s got no nose? How does he smell?
It’s not a bad joke and it depends on knowing that ‘to smell’ has 2 different uses. ( You can smell something eg.’Can you smell gas?’ or something can smell good or bad eg ‘that smells delicious’)
British humour has been a mystery and a fascination for many people in other countries. Of course, there’s a lot of variety in types of humour but some British humour is just plain stupid. We know it’s stupid but we like it – maybe because it’s stupid.
The best known kinds of stupid joke are ‘knock, knock’ jokes and ‘doctor, doctor’ jokes.
‘Knock knock’ jokes have to be done with someone else to give the responses. Someone knocks on the door and you ask who it is. Like this;
Madame foot’s caught in the door!… OR….
Don’t cry; it’s only a knock-knock joke.
There are hundreds of these, you can easily find some on the internet. They are familiar in all English-speaking countries. They all depend on knowing about the way we pronounce things. ‘My damn foot’ sounds like ‘Madame foot’. ‘Boo Hoo’ is a comic way to describe crying.
‘Doctor, doctor’ jokes have another fixed formula. A worried patient goes to see a doctor who is not very sympathetic. In these jokes, one person tells the whole joke. Like this..
- Doctor, doctor. I think I’m a pack of playing cards
- Well sit down and I’ll deal with you later.
- (someone deals the cards to each player before a card game. You can also deal with a problem)
- Doctor, doctor. I think I’m a pair of curtains
- Well, pull yourself together.
- ( you pull curtains together when you close them. ‘pull yourself together’ is a fixed expression which means ‘calm down, don’t panic’)
- Doctor, doctor. I feel like I am a bell.
- Don’t worry. Try this medicine and if it doesn’t work, give me a ring.
- (‘give me a ring’ means ‘phone me’, also ‘to ring’ is what bells do – ‘ding, dong)
Well, if you are still reading this blog, maybe you enjoy pain or maybe, like me, you secretly like things that are just stupid or absurd. Liking these jokes is the same as reading about celebrities’ lives; you enjoy it but it’s a guilty secret. Still, the next time someone says ‘knock, knock’, you just have to say ; ‘Who’s there?’.