The results of this study are available for analysis. If you are a researcher who may want to publish your findings, please contact us first (gameswithwords_at_gmail.com) to make sure you aren't duplicating something we are already doing.


Method Details:


Participants rated each pun on a scale of 1 to 7 stars, with 7 starts being the funniest. They also had the option of clicking "I don't get it," which was coded as -1 stars.


Each participant was first presented with the same four puns (two relatively funny puns and two relatively unfunny puns). After that, puns were chosen randomly without replacement from a set of approximately 2300 puns. They were allowed to rate as many puns as they wished.


The puns were collected from PunOfTheDay.com, which is a user-submitted site. These puns were rife with typeos. Most, but not all, of these typeos were corrected before the experiment began. Some additional typeos were corrected after the experiment had been running. The data files record exactly what was presented.


Data Files:


This file contains results from any pun which was rated by at least 5 participants who were 13+ years old and listed English as both their native and primary language. There are five columns:


pun: The pun, exactly was displayed.

Stars: The average number of stars assigned. "I don't get it" is scored as -1.

Total Ratings: How many participants rated that pun.

characters: The number of characters in the joke.

words: The number of words in the joke.


This file contains the raw data from all participants 13 years or older. Some of the information has been removed, however. I mentioned in my blog post that I have data on whether the participants reported having reading difficulties or psychiatric disorders. If you want that information, please contact me directly. The columns are:


age: The participant's age.

sex: The participant's sex.

subject_already: The participant reports having participated previously.

nat_language: The participant's native language (can only choose 1)

prime_language: The participant's primary language (can only choose 1)

social: The participant reports having poor social skills.

country: The country the participant grew up in (can only choose 1).

randomID: A unique ID for each participant on each session (repeat participants are given different IDs each time)

trial: The trial number (the first trial is 0)

pun: The pun, exactly as displayed.

stars: The number of stars chosen by the participant, with -1 indicating "I don't get it."




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