Top Ten Punniest Jokes


A pun, you know, is a form of word play using words with multiple meanings, or similar-sounding words for humorous effect. But did you know that a pun is also known, more formally, as paronomasia? Well, now you do.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve always been a sucker for puns, which makes me a pun-sucker, I suppose. I mean, I genuinely find them laugh-out-loud funny. It seems that most people tolerate them at best. They tend to produce at least as many groans as guffaws. If that’s you, consider yourself warned: there are puns ahead.

Below I present the Top Ten Punniest Jokes as determined by visitors to (Note: I did replace one with number 11, because it was somewhat offensive).

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  1. Vernon Neece
    Vernon Neece02-05-2013

    Did you hear about the cannibal who passed his brother in the woods?

    Did you hear about the optometrist who made a spectacle of himself?

  2. CJ

    I don’t know, most puns seem like passive humor to me, but I’ve laughed at a few before, if they were really clever. A dash of ingenuity, wit, and surprise helps everything. 😉

    • Brian Wasko
      Brian Wasko01-19-2013

      I’m curious to know what you mean by “passive humor,” CJ. I’m not familiar with that term or why it’s a bad thing.

      • CJ

        Technically, I made up the term. 😛 When I say that I think puns are passive, I’m thinking of the way they draw huge “LOOK AT THIS” signs that point to the obvious. I think it makes them feel inactive and sluggish. Like I said, some word plays, consequently some puns, are quite clever, but the majority of puns I’ve heard just feel lazy. I’m fan of humor with an original flair, or that packs a punch (what I would consider “active humor”). Some puns—and it could just be me—feel somewhat unoriginal and lukewarm. Sometimes they don’t even make sense.

  3. JJ

    What’s the difference between a nicely dressed man on a tricycle and a poorly dressed man on a bicycle? A tire. 🙂

    • JJ

      I have more if you want them. 🙂

      • Brian Wasko
        Brian Wasko01-19-2013

        I’m always up for a good pun, JJ. If there is such a thing!

        • JJ

          Here’s another: When is a door not a door? When its a jar.

          What did the man say when he lost the fencing match? “Foiled again.”

          What does the butcher say when he introduces his wife? “Meat Patty”

          What does a clock do when it’s hungry? It goes back four seconds.

    • Brian Wasko
      Brian Wasko01-19-2013


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