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    The joke is so corny(flat, lame)

    Do these three words have all the similar meanings to mean a dull joke? I suspect "flat", while the other two I have heard a lot.

    ex)The joke is so corny(flat, lame)

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    Re: The joke is so corny(flat, lame)

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Do these three words have all the similar meanings to mean a dull joke? I suspect "flat", while the other two I have heard a lot.

    ex)The joke is so corny(flat, lame)
    I wouldn't use "flat" like that. You could say that a joke "fell flat", if it didn't make the audience laugh.

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    Re: The joke is so corny(flat, lame)

    A corny joke is a clichéd or unsubtle one, so it's not necessarily the same as a dull one, but it doesn't work either.

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    Re: The joke is so corny(flat, lame)

    Corny jokes can be pretty funny. You're just usually a little embarrassed that you laughed. The recent post about not taking a dog to a flea market is kind of a corny joke. They are usually safe to tell small children.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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