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25 Clever Jokes That Make You Sound Smart

If you want to find out how it feels to sound smart, try out some of these clever jokes.

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Joke 1

If you want to find out how it feels to sound smart, try out some of these jokes. Still confused? I tried explaining each below, in bold. (While you're at it, follow these little grammar rules to make you sound even smarter.) Here are 12 other jokes that will make you sound like a genius.


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Joke 3

A hyperbole is an exaggerated claim. No, really, realllllllllllyyyyy exaggerated. I mean, like, the most exaggerated thing in the history of ever!!

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Joke 4

The third error? The fact that there are only two errors. The fourth error? Running this gag. Read other clever jokes from comedy legends that are sure to have you laughing until you cry.

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Joke 5


To who?

No, to whom.

I always get this wrong, to (or is that “too” … “Two?”)

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Joke 6

A: “If I’ve told you n times, I’ve told you n+1 times ...”

N is a placeholder for a number. Adding one makes it one more than whatever n is. We could have used X, but this is a family magazine. Don't miss these hilarious math jokes.

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Joke 7

Divide 12 by 4, or a quarter. Now do you get it? (I didn’t. Someone had to tell me to do that.)These short clever jokes are some that everyone can remember.

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Joke 8

The only time nothing is negative is under the Christmas tree. So when counting down, happily stop at nothing—or zero—to avoid the dreaded negative numbers.

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Joke 9

The world’s population is split sort of evenly between men and women, making the average human part male, part female, and a complete pain to shop for. These are the 20 nerd jokes every grammar person will appreciate.

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Joke 10

And his cows preferred Moo-zak.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest