Some people believe that puns are the lowest form of comedy possible. We humbly believe that these people are wrong. In our opinion, puns are fantastic because they’re a quick way to improve someone’s mood while showing off your linguistic skills, as well as the power of your imagination.

One of our favorite puntastic joke categories is “what idiot called it X and not Y,” where a word that everyone knows is taken and a punny alternative is suggested to replace it. Simple but effective and almost guaranteed to improve your mood and crack a smile.

So scroll down, enjoy, and share with your friends and family to spread the joy. Let us know in the comments if you know of any similar jokes and remember to upvote your faves in this list.

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ZombieGirl
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1 year ago

lmao..this one is hilarious

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#2

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Baba Caine
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1 year ago

Absolute belter

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

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Some stepdads can be better fathers than the biological ones, so while they might not share genetics, they wouldn't be considered "false", either. Also, since "faux pas" has been adopted into English, it'd be pretty dang confusing to introduce your friends to your "embarrassing act".

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According to Howard Richler on The Senior Times, plenty of well-known and respected individuals have had a go at puns. Like neurologist Sigmund Freud, who thinks that they’re cheap, and the former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Oliver Wendell Holmes, who thought that puns were “verbicide.” Ouch.

Plenty of English writers living in the 17th and 18th centuries (John Dryden, Daniel Defoe, Joseph Addison, others) thought that puns were ambiguous, created confusion and prevented the English language from finally being perfected.

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Alex
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1 year ago

"Im taking my car to the autocorrect!" Definitely works

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#5

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ZombieGirl
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1 year ago

lol ok this one is the best

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Soooo very true.

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Though we use the term ‘puns’ quite interchangeably, the fact is, there are many different types of puns. For example, for homophonic puns: the humor lies in the fact that these jokes treat homonyms as though they are synonyms. “Why is it so wet in London? Because so many kings and queens reign there,” is a perfect example of this.

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

Depression is hereditary?

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#8

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Laura Zappenduster
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1 year ago

hehe

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Mangoes'nRum
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1 year ago

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Besides homophonic puns, there are also homographic puns (“Did you hear about the optician who fell into a lens grinder and made a spectacle of himself?”). And if you combine the two, you get homonymic puns: “She was only a rancher’s daughter, but all the horsemen knew her.”

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Baba Caine
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1 year ago

That what i call them anyway, free the boobies

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#11

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Slinkman
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1 year ago

Or 'Trumps Dump'

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#12

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Mangoes'nRum
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1 year ago

No one calls it 'Injury Lawyer'...

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There are also compound puns (“Where do you find giant snails? On the end of giants’ fingers”) and recursive puns, in which the second part of the joke depends on you understanding the first part. An example of this would be: “A Freudian slip is where you say one thing and mean your mother.” What's your favorite types of pun? Let us know in the comments!

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

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What idiot would use either?

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

Same person who knew vets treat other animals besides dogs? Let me fix this one: What idiot called it a veterinarian instead of a peterinarian?

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Quinn Alexander
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1 year ago

Actually thats where the word Lunatic comes from; Luna, meaning moon, for the believe that it was the power of the moon that made a person crazy the same way a full moon messes with cats and dogs.

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Baba Caine
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1 year ago

Ok i enjoyed this one

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#17

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Carrie Brockmeier
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1 year ago

Love it

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#18

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Koalamonster
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1 year ago

I know this isn't what this is about but Jet Ski is actually a name brand like Kleenex. It's actually called a "personal water craft"- which is... not a cool name. I learned that recently and now you're stuck with it too- I'm so sorry you read that.

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Silverfish_13
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1 year ago

I'm almost certain that Chris Pratt asked this at some point

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

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Food can be fuel, but not the other way around.

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#21

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Silverfish_13
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1 year ago

I always thought this.

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#22

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

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Diafeeties sounds like a brand of shoes aimed at kids.

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#23

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

"Stay on the sidewalk!" "But there aren't any around!"

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#24

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Slinkman
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1 year ago

Because you do not snap them yourcellf?

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#25

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Mangoes'nRum
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1 year ago

This made me chuckle... Meal Armstrong.

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

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That's not what poking looks like.

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#27

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Baba Caine
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1 year ago

This just another sad old joke

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#28

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Baba Caine
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1 year ago

Wow saddest one so far

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#29

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Pamula Furness
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1 year ago

My favourite!

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#30

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

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I'm not sure where the "BB" comes from, but it's only called the English Channel from that side. In France, it's the French Channel.

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