People joke for many reasons. Most of us would joke for entertainment, fun, relaxation but also, medicine or relief from troubles. Some would use jokes to build community with others, develop understanding and solidarity (often across languages or cultures), or contrary to that, manifest one’s identity, individual opinions and preferences.
People representing particular professions would treat jokes differently. For linguists, jokes are the examples of certain linguistic mechanisms and patterns that allow humorous expression. For sociologists and historians, jokes are indicative of the tendencies and phenomena characteristic for the society (or a particular group) at a given time. For language teachers and language learners, jokes provide a rich source of authentic language that develops both linguistic knowledge and socio-cultural awareness. Jokes also shed some light on the attitudes and beliefs of the people who create or spread them around. And finally, jokes may develop our self- awareness, self-knowledge and linguistic sensitivity. Thus, the purposes are numerous.
The same applies to topics. Jokes fall into a variety of categories, some more popular than others. Among them, we can differentiate: Blonde jokes
What does a blonde say when she finds she’s pregnant?
Is it mine?Cannibal jokes
What did the cannibal say when he found the white hunter asleep?
‘Ah, breakfast in bed.’