It's official kids, dad jokes are back in fashion, here’s 10 of the worst (sorry, we mean best)

Loved and hated in equal measures, experts think we've turned to the wince-worthy gags as an antidote to a "new age of nastiness" at the moment.

They may make you roll your eyes, but everybody 'gets' a dad joke and you know the harmless gag isn't going to offend anyone.

No, your old man isn't the only one who finds his jokes funny – and the internet has the proof.

A Reddit thread dedicated to " jokes that make you laugh and cringe in equal measure" has 1.2 million subscribers.

And All Def's Dad Jokes series on YouTube, where contestants get points for making their opponent laugh has 6.8m views.

The best (or worst) of dad jokes

Everyone knows a dad joke. The term can be traced back to 1987, when a writer in the Gettysburg Times defended the phenomenon.

So where do they come from, and why do we associate them with our dads?

Dad jokes like to play on double entendres and unsophisticated wordplay – where the ambiguity is "crushingly obvious", linguist and dad Professor Stanley Dubinsky told The Atlantic.

“Your kids are embarrassed by you anyway, so the next best thing (to them actually finding your jokes funny) is to level with that.”

Heard your dad's 'best' joke 100 times? It's all to do with nostalgia.

Stanley added: “One way to get back to that time (your kid's childhood) is to go back to the stupid old jokes they used to think were funny.”

Writer McKay Coppins said dad jokes originate from a "combination of exhaustion and your kids laughing at anything when you're very young, which… endows you with a false confidence".

Stanley thinks our new love of dad jokes comes from a reaction to living “in an age of a new nastiness.”

He added: “You know that no matter what I say, my joke won’t hurt you—and I want everybody to get my joke, so I’m going to make it so stunningly obvious that anybody can get it.”

If your thought your old man was bad, check out these pics of dads who have taken cheesy gags to all new extremes.

While Jack Fincham revealed he’s planning to get his revenge on Dani Dyer after her 'engagement ring' prank.

And these are the most bizarre names parents have given their kids… including Nitorious-Shyne, V, Jedi, L and Daenerys.

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