Reader Peter Holmes puts his Catholic education to good use by writing:
Whether some jokes are not Dad jokes
Objection 1: The joke relies on knowledge not usually possessed by children. The joke is addressed to Facebook users who are, by law, over 14 years old. Therefore it is not a Dad joke.
Objection 2: The joke is told on Facebook, where there are no children to groan and roll their eyes. Therefore it is not a Dad joke.
Objection 3: The joke is part of a long series of jokes of the same genre, which means we were not surprised by the pun. Therefore it is not a Dad jokeOn the contrary, in Genesis Sarah says “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.”
I answer that Dad jokes come in many kinds and have different responses. As Ecclesiastes says “there is a time to cry and a time to laugh.”
Repl Obj 1: A father remains a father of his children whatever age they are. Therefore a Dad joke may apply any level of knowledge available to adult children.
Repl Obj 2: A father remains a father of his children even though distance separate them. Therefore a Dad joke may be told at great distances, even over Facebook. Also, eye-roll emote!
Repl Obj 3: While surprise is desirable, persisting with relentless and inevitable puns is also desirable in Dad jokes. A series of jokes reveals not a lack of skill, but a mastery of the Dad joke. Therefore this is a Dad joke.