make or do a joke

Unread Sep 23rd, 2007, 06:08 pm

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Defaultmake or do a joke

My first instinct is to say make a joke, but sometimes we say do a joke. I even pulled up an internet news article about Jerry Seinfeld which states that Seinfeld made a joke about bee colonies, then within the comments about the article someone wrote: «He did this joke last time he was on Conan». Well here we see that we can somehow interchange the two. However I wouldn’t instinctively say ‘he made that joke last time he was on Conan’. Can anyone help me explain to my students when we can or should use make a joke as opposed to do or did a joke? I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. Thanks, Dania

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