Jokes are barred

At McSweeney’s, Eric K Auld has some good bar jokes involving grammar and punctuation.

Here are some of my own, stretching the concept to cover language more broadly:

  1. A subject and a verb disagrees about which bar to walk into.
  2. An Oxford comma hops, skips, and jumps into a bar.
  3. A pleonasm enters into a bar.
  4. The subjunctive would walk into a bar, were it in the mood.
  5. A hyphen, drunk after leaving the bar, mistakenly walks-into a phrasal verb.
  6. A colon and a semicolon walk into a bar: the colon has a gutful; the semicolon orders a half.
  7. A syllepsis walks out on its wife and into a bar.
  8. A gang of commas walk into a bar and order everything on the menu.
  9. A prescriptivist walks into a tavern, because of course ‘bar’ means the counter at which drink is served rather than the establishment itself. He wonders why nobody else is there.
  10. A meaning walks into a bar and orders a double.
  11. A portmanteau walks into a barmaid.
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  • bratschegirl  On September 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    My favourite bar joke: A priest, a minister, and a rabbi walk into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, “What is this? Some kind of joke?”


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