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:
- A subject and a verb disagrees about which bar to walk into.
- An Oxford comma hops, skips, and jumps into a bar.
- A pleonasm enters into a bar.
- The subjunctive would walk into a bar, were it in the mood.
- A hyphen, drunk after leaving the bar, mistakenly walks-into a phrasal verb.
- A colon and a semicolon walk into a bar: the colon has a gutful; the semicolon orders a half.
- A syllepsis walks out on its wife and into a bar.
- A gang of commas walk into a bar and order everything on the menu.
- 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.
- A meaning walks into a bar and orders a double.
- A portmanteau walks into a barmaid.