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The Jest Book

The Choicest Anecdotes and Sayings

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Author: Jack Lemon
Published: 1865
Language: English
Wordcount: 114,095 / 358 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 959
Added to site: 2007.01.14 15804
Genre: Humor

The Compiler of this new Jest Book is desirous to make known that it is composed mainly of old jokes,--some older than Joe Miller himself,--with a liberal sprinkling of new jests gathered from books and hearsay. In the course of his researches he has been surprised to find how many Jests, Impromptus, and Repartees have passed current, century after century, until their original utterer is lost in the ''mist of ages''; a Good Joke being transferred from one reputed Wit to another, thus resembling certain rare Wines which are continually being rebottled but are never consumed.

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, "my expression alluded to the size of your intellect."--"And my expression, sir," said the doctor, "to the size of yours."


A BUTCHER of some eminence was lately in company with several ladies at a game of whist, where, having lost two or three rubbers, one of the ladies addressing him, asked, "Pray, sir, what are the stakes now?" To which, ever mindful of his occupation, he immediately replied, "Madam, the best rump I cannot sell lower than tenpence halfpenny a pound."


THREE gentlemen being in a coffee-house, one called for a dram, because he was hot. "Bring me another," says his companion, "because I am cold." The third, who sat by and heard them, very quietly called out, "Here, boy, bring me a glass, because I like it."


A PERSON to whom the curiosities, buildings, &c., in Oxford were shown one very hot day, was asked by hi



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