So in the name of paternal appreciation, and of grinning and bearing a dad joke or two, we’ve put together this handy guide to navigating the inevitable zingers from dear old Dad.
The Outdoorsman Dad
Natural Habitat: Backwoods, deep woods, tents, bait-and-tackle shops.
Potential Joke Triggers: Boats, hunting caps, s’mores, deer.
Go-To Dad Joke: “How do you save a deer during hunting season? You hang on for deer life.”
The Sports Fanatic Dad
Natural Habitat: Stadiums, sports bars, tailgates, the couch.
Potential Joke Triggers: Full counts, missed free throws, fumbles, John Madden’s voice.
Go-To Dad Joke: “How many golfers does it take to change a lightbulb? Fore!”
The Armchair Historian Dad
Natural Habitat: Libraries, museums, that armchair.
Potential Joke Triggers: The History Channel, Flag Day, the latest copy of Smithsonian.
Go-To Dad Joke: “Who made up King Arthur’s Round Table? Sir Cumference.”
The Car Nut Dad
Natural Habitat: The garage, the driveway, under the hood.
Potential Joke Triggers: Timing belts, sputters, grocery store parking lots, gas prices.
Go-To Dad Joke: “At this rate, I’m going to have to sell the car for gas money.”
The Foodie Dad
Natural Habitat: Williams-Sonoma, fine restaurants, the organic produce aisle.
Potential Joke Triggers: Marked-up wine, grill lines, funny aprons.
Go-To Dad Joke: “German sausages. They’re the wurst.”