Nationality: British European
Residence: Sherman Oaks, California
Date of Performance/Collection: March 22, 2020
Primary Language: English
Informant: It’s a very short joke.
Interviewer: That’s perfectly fine. Just tell it how you know it.
Informant: Okay. A dog with no nose, how does he smell? — Terrible!
Interviewer: You don’t wait for someone to ask how?
Informant: Not usually. Usually everyone knows the punchline so we all say it together.
Informant: Who’s the we? Where did you learn this?
Informant: Well I think I learned it from my father, he was always making silly jokes like that. Everyone learned it so quickly that it’s a bit hard to say. I remember hearing it during a big party at a small house. It must have been a Sunday because Sunday was when you went to see your family. I remember that because it was something everyone used to get hysterical about, everyone would roll about laughing.
Background: The informant believes she first heard this joke from family. She was not sure if she heard it from her father or older brother who was in the army. They were very close so it’s difficult for her to say who came up with it first, or if they heard it from someone else.
Context: I was asking my informant to recount things she remembered from her childhood and she remembered a few songs and this joke specifically.
Thoughts: It appears to be more of an inside joke but every British person I’ve interacted with appears to know it, but they always play along if they’re asked. It is probably incredibly popular because it’s an easy joke for children to remember and is incredibly easy for them to share to other kids.