Examples of 'Knock-Knock' Jokes
FAST-US-7 United States Popular Culture (Hopkins)
Department of Translation Studies, University of Tampere
Along with Confucious jokes, "Knock-Knock"
jokes are one of the most common juvenile humor forms in English. While
common in Britain and the U.S., as the jokes are based on English
word-play and puns, they are seldom heard outside native English
environments. To some extent Knock-Knock jokes can be sources of
information on the cultural references, brand names, etc., assumed to be
"known" within a given culture. Compare the British jokes at the end with
the American ones for likely 'transferability' to the other culture or
variety of English.
American English Knock-Knock Jokes
B-4 I freeze to death, please open this door!
Wendy today. Sunny tomorrow
Bisquick, your pants are on fire
Chimney cricket! Have you seen Pinocchio?
Aesop I saw a puddy cat!
A Fred who?
Who's a Fred of the Big Bad Wolf ?
British English Knock-Knock Jokes
Have you got your Macon? It's raining out here
Eureka something, and it really pongs
Kenya think of anything that's more fun than geography?
Clothing for sale. Buy your socks and Nicosia
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Last Updated 09 February 2010