Knock knock jokes
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:
- The punster: Knock-knock (indicating a door has been struck to gain attention)
- The recipient: Who's there? (an enquiry)
- The punster: a response, usually involving a name (to set up the pun)
- The recipient: a repetition of the response plus who? (a request for clarification)
- The punster: the punch line, which inevitably involves a punnish misusage of the word set up during the response.
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- [Francisco at his post. Enter to him Bernardo.]
Bernardo: Who's there?
Francisco: Nay, answer me: stand, and unfold yourself.