What Makes People Love or Hate Puns?

Feb 25, 2016 at 6:09 pm |

Apparently not everybody thinks they’re so punderful.

Since ancient times, humans have been making puns. It goes without saying, then, that people have had plenty of time to get sick of them.

If you’re anything like me, however, nothing beats a good pun. In fact, not a day goes by without at least a few desperate attempts of making at least several puns that are sure to make my coworkers groan. But why is that?

Of course, an individual’s sense of humor is one of the easiest ways that we can make judgements about them (especially when they have none). If we have strong feelings about somebody, we might dislike their jokes regardless of how cleverly-crafted they are. Yet puns have a special place within humor, one that is often greeted with annoyance or a hesitant laugh instead of appreciation.

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From one of the highest forms of cultural humor to a one step below a knock-knock joke, journalist Julie Beck set out to understand why puns have fallen from grace.

They used to be considered the highest form of humor, so why is it that people now find them punbearable?