Friday, 21 December 2007

Pizza Wins Poll of Worst Christmas Cracker Jokes Ever

pizza christmas WHAT is Santa’s favourite pizza? One that is deep pan, crisp and even.

That lame line has been voted the nation’s worst Christmas cracker joke.

But it faced some tough competition in the festive survey.

Runners-up included:

What do you call a woman who stands between two goal posts? Annette.

Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? A mince spy.

Andrew Linn, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sheffield, deconstructed the top-placed gag.

“The essence of a fine joke is clever and original use of language, often exploiting some sort of ambiguity. This joke has been voted the worst Christmas cracker joke because it is almost too clever,” Prof Linn said.

“It uses ambiguity in how the words are put together (’deep pan’ ’deep and’) as well as contextual ambiguity (pizzas and a Christmas carol). In short, once you get it, it’s a real groaner.”

The survey was commissioned by a top men’s magazine.

Spokesman for the magazine said: “The gags in crackers are normally so bad that everyone laughs at the stupidity of them. That’s what brings everyone together and it would almost be a shame if manufacturers tried to make them too clever.”

With thanks to The Sun from where this story originates.

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