This site now acts as an archive only. For the latest news, opinion, blogs and listings on disability arts and culture visit

Disability Arts Online

What is a joke?

According to Wiktionary a joke is:

joke (plural jokes)

1 An amusing story.
2 Something said or done for amusement.
           "It was a joke!"
4 (figuratively) A worthless thing or person.
           "Your effort at cleaning your room is a joke."
            "The president was a joke."

Usage notes
Adjectives often applied to "joke": old, bad, inside, poor, silly, funny, lame, hilarious, stupid, offensive.