When we think of dad jokes, we usually envision a father figure telling his kids corny one-liners that are guaranteed to make them roll their eyes and groan. They are usually cheesy puns or plays on words that are so obvious they don’t deserve to be laughed at, but we love them all the same. Whether it’s at a family dinner, road trip or game night, these jokes are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face and lighten the mood.
Dad jokes take the basics of humor and turn it upside down, and that’s why they’re so funny! They don’t require any specific performance skills or high-brow jokes — they just need to be the opposite of what you would expect from a comedy joke. And because they are so uncool and low-brow, they create an ironic sense of humor that’s not only hilarious but also subversive.
While some researchers may not agree on the effectiveness of dad jokes, they do offer up a few benefits for kids who regularly hear them. They help kids develop a tolerance for embarrassment and teach them that it’s okay to laugh at yourself. They also learn to use humour as a coping strategy in awkward situations. So the next time your students are surrounded by eye-rolling jokes, remind them to remember their roots and appreciate the fact that they can be just as humorous as everyone else!