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Winick, 1976[edit]

A joke is defined as any structured communication, with a witty or funny intent, which the teller seemed to know in advance of telling it. It may be a story, riddle, pun, skeptical question, rhyme, hypothetical book title, proverb, slogan, or similar format.

Winick, Charles. "The social contexts of humor." Journal of Communication 26.3 1976:124.