The Art of Punning
Although the word 'misanthrope' can be easily applied to Swift, he did have a sense of humour, and was known as a prankster. Perhaps it was working with fellow Irishman Thomas Sheridan that bought out the best in him. The Art of Punning is primarily by Sheridan but sections II-V have been attributed to Swift. The jokes are not necessarily Irish; but most are lame: 'Where do the first Hermaphroditres come from?' A: Middlesex.