Question of the Week

Do you enjoy lawyer jokes? What do you like or not like about them?

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Bad joke reaction.

Excuse us for being grumpy, but lawyer jokes can rub people the wrong way, and not just lawyers. Image from

Miss Manners, a syndicated etiquette column, lately took on a faux pas that hushed the room at a community event: a disparaging remark about lawyers from the master of ceremonies. Who committed the bigger error—the tactless emcee or the lawyer’s wife who confronted the speaker privately?

The spouse asserted that she was “deeply shocked,” had enough of lawyer jokes, and was compelled to speak up. But the response from Judith Martin, writing the column with her son and daughter, argued that the better lesson was the joke’s “tepid reception.”

We’re no etiquette experts. But really, if you see something, shouldn’t you say something? Sure, lawyers try to maintain a sense of humor, but we have to admire our loved ones when they stand up for us. Advocates need someone in their corner. Then again, maybe we’re just sulking.

This week, we’d like to ask: Do you enjoy lawyer jokes? What do you like or not like about them? Do you tell them yourself? And like other barbed language, when others speak them do they mean something else?

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And check out last week’s question: How do you make meaningful social media connections?

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