A pun clever knock knock jokes in a joke or riddle can result in an amusing punch line with the added element of surprise. The cracking of funny puns is as old as recorded history.

Ancient writings from Egypt, Iraq, China and Japan, and even Mayan cultures, have been found to contain examples of amusing word play. It seems that all human cultures, throughout history, are able to recognize similar sounding terms and craft them into clever puns. The scientific term for a pun is paronomasia. Around the world, one of the most popular of the paronomasia genre are fish puns. Children’s riddles will often make use of puns.

In fact, the pun in a child’s riddle can be so obvious that it will elicit groans of protest from adults who think they have heard it all before. Knock-knock jokes are a perfect example of how children enjoy puns. There is more knocking and the sequence is repeated several times. That characterization is not entirely on spot, however.

Puns can also be quite sophisticated. For instance, a Buddhist might refuse Novocain at the dentist because he wishes to transcend dental medication. For all the witty ways puns have been used to amuse and entertain, they will forever remain part of the world’s comic repertoire. Get a print subscription to Reader’s Digest and instantly enjoy free digital access on any device. Jokes Section Looking for funny jokes?

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