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Explanation for a joke about a three-legged dog that walks into a bar

I came across this joke on the internet: A three-legged dog walks into a bar and says to the bartender, 'I'm looking for the man who shot my paw' It is meant to be a "dad joke" but I don't ...
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“Then you know who lived here?” “Trigger.”

A dialogue from the movie Annie Hall: (clip) Tony Lacey: You know who the original owners were? Nelson Eddy, then Legs Diamond. Then you know who lived here? Alvy Singer: Trigger. Tony ...
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Can you please explain this joke: “I'm going bananas is what I tell my bananas before I leave the house”?

Can you please explain this joke: "I'm going bananas is what I tell my bananas before I leave the house"? And another one: "I hate it when my friends ask me to do them a solid especially when I've ...
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what does it mean: “Do these turn-ups work with these boots?”

I have been watching a funny British show (Catherine tate) about a gay boy coming out to his mom. The reactions from mom and neighbors are funny. But at the end of it, there comes a scene where 3 ...
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What does “to be last in someone's line” mean?

In a social media post, the following was written: Dude, where are you? At the hostel, studying dad Where are you? At the beer shop, I'm last in your line. Buy two beers for me too. 😲 ok dad I ...
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What do the phrase “Reeyan's seacrest” and the word “fraggle” mean in a sketch?

I always enjoyed the products of Kee and Peele. Now from the link, 2:13: "B-lake", Here is the thing. I didn't know if I'm about to ask you about this.B-lake, what club are you in. ah part of ...
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What is the sub-context that enables Taco Bell jokes?

Throughout many years, I've encountered countless jokes over all sorts of media and pop art where is goes "something something taco bell", and I can't really grasp what is it supposed to mean or why ...
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What does it mean when the wife in the picture says “I wear the brains in the family.”?

I saw this picture on the internet, and I can't really understand the meaning of "I wear the brains in the family" used by the wife in the picture. I know the husband said "I wear the pants in the ...
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History is written by the wieners

I read the following joke The Hotdog-bun Boy came home from school one day. His mother looked at him and said, “You look so unhappy. Did something go wrong in school today?” “Yes,” he answered. “...
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Idiomatic meaning av “Lenny's a survivor” (or similar expression)

In The Simpsons S29E10 @ 01:33, the God's finger crashes the area of the collision and Lenny's jiggling that he's a survivor. The character isn't connoted with particular surviving skills and I'm not ...
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Meaning of “a Richard Snary” / “a Given Name” [closed]

An old joke I found in Mark Forsyth's "The Etymologicon", originally mentioned in the OED A country lad, having been reproved for calling persons by their Christian names, being sent by his master ...
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Is this “game of words” understandable for the native speakers?

I wonder if the following game of words is clear to native English speakers, or does it sound confusing and weird? I'm working on a project, dedicated to some anniversary, and related to the space ...
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What does “Your Skeetage may vary” joke(?) work in this comment?

I was reading a meta.SE post about Community user. https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/184485/301070 The last comment against this question post was "Your Skeetage may vary", and it received 4 upvotes....
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“GOD is real, unless declared integer.”

I'm unable to interpret a sentence though searched and read multiple explanations. “GOD is real, unless declared integer.” a Fortran-based witticism Real is real number, What's the idioms it ...
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“BETA” is Latin for still doesn't work?

"BETA" is Latin for still doesn't work what does the above line actually mean?
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Is this joke grammatically correct?

I am from Hungary I translate jokes into English Of course , the jokes are jokes in every languages . I'd like to know if my translation grammatically correct : -WHAT are u ABOUT TO ...
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What does “a proxy” mean in the context of this statistical joke?

“Let us remember the unfortunate econometrician who, in one of the major functions of his system, had to use a proxy for risk and a dummy for sex.” I understand why the second part is funny (a dummy ...
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Grammatical mismatch in wordplay-based joke

In the following joke: How do you hire a horse? Stand it on four bricks. The humor seems to come from the homophones hire and higher. Is that so? Because this is grammatically incorrect (to ...
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“Roll a 40 down the street” meaning

I have stumbled across the following joke in Fallout 4 game: What is the best way to start a parade in South Boston? Roll a 40 down the street. I have no idea what roll a 40 down the ...
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Where is the joke in “prime minister”?

At a certain webpage, someone claimed that the term prime minister was originally intended as a joke. I don't get see the jokiness in it. “Prime Minister” was also originally a joke at the expense ...
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Why does a grasshopper say that an eponymous drink is named 'Norman'?

Source: Language at the Speed of Sight (1 ed. 2017), p. 21 Bottom. And speaking of humor, here is John Cleese's favorite joke: A grasshopper hops into a bar and onto a stool. The ...
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sentence meaning “to be wrapped up in oneself”

Halloween Joke: Why do mummies have trouble keeping friends? They're so wrapped up in themselves ... What is "wrapped up in themselves"?
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SNL line about getting a donut

Ok. so English is my 2nd language... I watch this episode of SNL. And people are cracking up.. But I can't get my head around why "Can a bitch get a donut?” is funny and who is Keven Roberts (Googling ...
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How may any liquid in a glass be a potential source of income to a plumber? (A joke I can't get)

To a plumber, any liquid in a glass is a potential source of income. The source of the quote (at the very bottom of the page) I came across this joke and I just can't get it hard as I try. Could ...
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What is the meaning of Annie's words about the author?

SOURCE  "Field of Dreams", 1989 Context: Protester giving speech to ban the author's books which were published in the 60s because of too much racism etc. For these words one of the ...
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What is the meaning of Lisa's words?

SOURCE Lisa & her male friend Michael are discussing her meeting with young man. Lisa: The other day at the car wash a young man looked me up and down and asked me if I was a natural blond. ...
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English joke in the “Dodger's Guide to London” by Terry Pratchett

The book "Dodger's Guide to London" has two jokes on page 103. Why is the City of Rome* like a candle wick?... Because it's in the middle of Greece. A horse has ten legs: he has two forelegs and two ...
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What does “EVERBODY” mean in this message?

I didn't get the fun part of the message inclined here. Can anyone explain what "EVERYBODY" mean in here.
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What is the meaning of the Joke? [closed]

What is the meaning of the Joke? Hey, did you hear about the Jack who locked his keys in the car and he used coat hanger to get his family out?
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Can someone explain this joke about the Primer movie

There is a question on the Science Fiction & Fantasy SE: This request comes from a friend of mine... She has not seen the movie, but only heard somebody describe it to her. Can anybody ...
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How long does an owl live?

I've seen the following joke on Pinterest. How long does an owl live? Six and a half books. I don't get it. Googling gave me no connotations to the context that I recognized as related ...
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Understanding “What in pollination?” meme

I came across many images on Twitter like this update 1 Original link. Does the hat resemble nation? If yes then what's the reason? I came to know that everything that ends with nation or sounds ...
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Why is this one-liner joke by Neal Brennan funny? [closed]

This one-liner comes from Neal Brennan's standup '3 Mics'. He told it around 22 mins into the act. The joke is: One hundred percent of people who eat in that dining section of the ...
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Don't understand the Garfield's sketch of Feb 9 2017 [closed]

I read Garfield's comic strip every day but I didn't understand the sketch of February 9, 2017. What does the date of November 8, 1992 refer to ?
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Cereal joke on Twitter

I don't get the cereal part of this joke.
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“Tar-jay” not Target

What does the expression means here. Pronouncing it "Tar-Jay" not Target I have a doubt here because tar means low heroin on urban dictionary. And Jay means a wild beast and also Jay is a singer. ...
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I don't understand this pun about chickens and math

[math teacher] your homework looks like chicken scratch, but you got them all correct [later at home] I think she's on to us, mathmachicken I didn't get the above chicken pun.
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What does “I'm obligated to pick you up. Is seven ok?” mean?

I saw this joke somewhere and couldn't get. I searched the words smooth seven and everything on urban dictionary but still couldn't figure out!
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'Taken' joke on Twitter

I didn't get this joke. If I ever put 'Taken' in my Twitter bio, just know it was... A: By Aliens B: By the men in white coats C: Into custody I know taken is the movie where the ...
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Mario 1-up'd joke

I found a joke and I didn't get Girl1: For our anniversary my boyfriend took me to the mountains. Girl2: my boyfriend proposed me. Girl2: they should call you Mario cause you just got 1-up'd. ...
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What does “go with huge to block” mean?

A dialogue from 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001): Man 1: Do you like women with large breasts? Or women with huge breasts? Man 2: I'm going to go with huge to block. Is this some kind of ...
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What's the joke with a drain cleaner?

In the movie RED (2010) I heard some phrase I didn't understand at all. So, an armed FBI team is getting ready to attack main characters (MC) who have been taken a guy (TG) to extort some secrets from ...
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Why is 7 the most feared number?

I was in a computer programming training. A code executed an output number 7 and the trainer asked ( assuming joking) "Why is 7 the most feared number?" and someone said "Because 7,8,9 ... aho ho ho.."...
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What is a “middle class injury”?

From Buzzfeed I found the following article 36 Truly Terrifying Middle-Class Injuries I spent the morning reproofing our Barbour jackets and now my forearm is sore #middleclassinjuries —...
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What is the meaning of this joke? [closed]

I wonder what is the meaning of this joke my godfather told me yesterday. I laughed really hard so he though it was funny indeed, but in fact I didn't understand it. Could you please explain it to me, ...
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What does this joke mean?

Q: What do you call it when Batman skips church? A: Christian Bale Does the word 'Bale' have a special meaning in this joke?
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Help me understand a joke - “Watch out for that first step. It's a doozy!”

Source: Computer Networking First-Step by Wendell Odom (2004) Example: Often, learning something new can be a chore, particularly with computer technology. In fact, because you've obviously been ...
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What does “Get a damn room!” mean?

A moment in a movie went like this: A woman was sitting on a man’s lap and about to kiss him in her room which has extremely thin walls. Her neighbor shouted suddenly, "Just kiss already! Get a ...
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The meaning of “I could use a good wife!” in this passage [closed]

I don't know the meaning of "I could use a good wife" and also this sentence "you couldn't afford one" in this passage: She: “Well, I took your suits to the laundromat and got them cleaned and ...
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Meaning of “”I won't let a flat tire get me down,“ Tom said, without despair”"

I've been reading Tom Swifties on a website, and could not understand one of them: "I won't let a flat tire get me down," Tom said, without despair. Where is the pun in that?