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Lowest form of humor
I don't generally like puns. I was taught in ninth grade that they are the Lowest Form of Humor. However, sometimes it just amuses me to no end to deliberately misunderstand somebody.

Curly and I were adding test data to our automobile insurance app. "Add the driver," I told her.

There were two drivers, a policy driver and a non-policy driver. She asked me, "Should I just add the plain driver?

"No, add the CAR driver, silly!"

She paused. Then she laughed aloud in surprise.... "I meant should I add the policy driver or the other one," she said reproachfully. I was laughing too, embarrassed but amused at the same time, covering my mouth not to be too disruptive.

"I know," I smirked at her. Then I apologized. It's bad form to twist somebody's words, and worse form to laugh at your own jokes, but I couldn't help myself. It came out of my mouth before I knew what I was saying! Fortunately she was laughing too.

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ellison From: ellison Date: October 18th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I personally love puns! That's an awesome story! hehe
devnul From: devnul Date: October 18th, 2005 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Is this app part of a pilot program?
From: nicegeek Date: October 18th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Only if it doesn't crash...
devnul From: devnul Date: October 18th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, this is Java, so if it did, that would be the exception, not the rule.

Rennie's going to hurt us for this...
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: October 18th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
If puns are the lowest form of humor, it also stands to reason that they are the building blocks for all humor above them. A common denominator for all forms, so to speak.

Long live the pun.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: October 18th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a reason that Minicon holds the Pun-el at midnight. There, in the dead of night we can gather together and indulge our sickness.

And mind you, it's sick. Of course, there are lulls; even the best can't be in a room with that many puns flying about for an hour or more and not spend a few minutes stunned. I've never used the barf bags they passed out on the way in, but I've sort of wished I could at times.
silver_bits From: silver_bits Date: October 18th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Being the lowest form of humor must make it some kind of common denominator. I haven't seen a single Mensa group, newsletter or event name that wasn't some kind of pun. They just can't get enough!
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: October 18th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lowest form of humor or not, they are still good. And I would debate them being the "lowest form" as they can be very clever. And even if they were the lowest form, I would argue that the "dick and fart joke" (as Kevin Smith calls them) has taken that title.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: October 18th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I would debate them being the "lowest form" as they can be very clever.

Very true. Groaners are too easy, but a clever pun is a delight to all (or at least, all who get it).

That said, I can't claim to be clever all that often. Why, just a couple of days ago my son pulled from his backpack the little gourd person he'd made at school. When my wife said "What's that?" I said "That's Gordon!"

Luckily I was already 10 feet away and headed for the door, which was already half open, or I'd have had damage.
replyhazy From: replyhazy Date: October 18th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
People who say puns are the lowest form of humor don't get them.

In order to conquer puns, you have to be a fan of language. You have to have a good vocabulary and an ear for the sound of words.

In order to tell puns and get a laugh, you have to know when it's a good idea to tell them and when to refrain. If you use a pun just to show off your own cleverness, rather than to make the audience laugh, that's a misuse of the pun!

Puns don't make bad jokes, PEOPLE make bad jokes! :-D
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