Puns have carved out their own special niche in comedy. The clever wordplay-based jokes usually leave us somewhere between laughing and groaning, relishing in the shrewd comedic skill while rolling our eyes at the corniness. Puns may be dismissed by some as low-hanging fruit, but they tend to require a certain level of linguistic agility and sharp thinking.
Crafting a good pun takes more than just a sense of humor: It requires a keen ear for language, an easy understanding of context, and, of course, wit. Utilizing simple language in a clever way showcases the inherent ambiguities and double entendres that can be coaxed out of our everyday language — and highlights the surprise and deceptive simplicity that make a pun work.
Embrace the punny side of life and allow yourself to revel in the delightful wordplay of these 15 puns — no cringing necessary.
I used to be a banker, but I lost interest.
Never trust an atom; they make up everything.
Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
I used to be a baker, but I couldn't make enough dough.
I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down.
The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.
The scarecrow won an award because he was outstanding in his field.
Did you hear about the cheese factory that exploded in France? There was nothing left but de Brie.
To the person who invented zero: Thanks for nothing.
The magician got so mad, he pulled his hare out.
Geology rocks, but geography is where it’s at.
The Middle Ages were called the Dark Ages because there were too many knights.
I’m not a fan of elevator music. It’s bad on so many levels.
The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense.
A friend of mine tried to annoy me with bird puns, but I soon realized that toucan play at that game.
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