Knock knock jokes

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Knock-knock jokes are one of the best-known forms of the pun, and represent a time-honoured "call and answer" exercise. Developmental psychologists study knock-knock-joke usage in younger children, as it provides valuable insight into how children advance their language skills.

The standard format has five lines:

  1. The punster: Knock-knock
  2. The recipient: Who's there?
  3. The punster: a name
  4. The recipient: a name plus who?
  5. The punster: the punch line


  • [Francisco at his post. Enter to him Bernardo.]
    Bernardo: Who's there?
    Francisco: Nay, answer me: stand, and unfold yourself.

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