"The first time I met my wife I knew she was a keeper. She was wearing massive gloves" - Alun Cochrane



What is the pun in this joke "The first time I met my wife I knew she was a keeper. She was wearing massive gloves" by Alun Cochrane


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In football / soccer1 (goal)keepers wear oversized gloves:

Goalie Source

If a person you are in a relationship with is decribed as a keeper it's someone considered to be held onto, someone "you should keep".

The joke plays with the double meaning, in a classic example of a double entendre.

1 and other sports involving a ball and a goal: (ice) hockey, cricket, lacrosse... Not all sports, though, e.g. water-/handball are played "gloveless".


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5The first sentence leads you to believe that he knew that he would marry her when they first met - a person to "keep". The second sentence reveals that she was literally a goal keeper. – Hannover Fist – 2015-08-26T20:35:43.250

@HannoverFist - the classic setup of these double entendre jokes....

– Stephie – 2015-08-26T20:43:01.247

Isn't this person called a goalie? I've never heard the term keeper for this role before. – Joe – 2015-08-27T02:20:22.907


@Joe "Goalie" is short for "goalkeeper". "Keeper" is also short for "goalkeeper"... just shortened to a different portion of the word.

– Catija – 2015-08-27T03:04:40.910


Also Wicket Keeper in cricket - even bigger gloves.

– OldCurmudgeon – 2015-08-27T09:44:00.417

@Joe: Search for "dodgy keeper", that provides plenty of examples of goalkeepers being referred to as "keeper". You'll sometimes hear chants of "dodgy, dodgy keeper" on the terraces. Or at least you used to back when there were terraces: it might be out of fashion now for all I know. – Steve Jessop – 2015-08-27T12:32:44.460

1you should accredit the image. @Joe "goalie" in my experience is sort of an Americanism, I've more frequently heard "keeper" from the other denizens of the diaspora. – MichaelChirico – 2015-08-27T13:55:14.630

@Catija "Goalie" can also be an abbreviation of the alternative term "goaltender" (used in certain sports like ice hockey). – cpast – 2015-08-27T15:21:59.410

Despite the increasing popularity of soccer in the US, I'm pretty sure most people in the US would not get this joke right away (maybe because even those of us familiar with soccer use the term "goalie" more often than keeper). – dbliss – 2015-08-28T01:51:27.603

@dbliss Well, it's a one-liner from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival... – Stephie – 2015-08-28T01:54:01.947

Aside: this isn't really a double entendre. Yes, the joke comes from the sentence having two meanings, but "double entendre" is more specific than that; it implies that one of the meanings is sexual or at least rude. Some kind of innuendo at least. This is a pun, and nothing more. (It's a good one though.) – Ewan Mellor – 2015-08-28T06:31:23.800


This isn't so much a double entendre or a simple pun than it is a Garden Path Sentence or Paraprosdokian.

– Clinton Pierce – 2015-08-28T14:07:16.937


Possible she's a beekeeper? They have to wear large sets of gear to protect themselves.

Bee Keeper gloves


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6+1 for good answer, even though it's probably not what was intended by the author of the pun. – Scimonster – 2015-08-26T18:04:12.577

Another +1 for making me laugh. – AbraCadaver – 2015-08-26T18:38:40.577

1I'll agree, odds are this is sports related... Soccer isn't big around here. Football (American, not soccer) doesn't use gloves. Baseball only has a glove. Soccer fits, but isn't my first thought. First thing I thought before seeing the soccer answer, oddly enough, was beekeeper. Second was Quidditch, but that's down right silly even compared to Bees. – user3321 – 2015-08-26T18:51:01.153

1I don't know what Gridiron Football you're watching, but almost every position uses gloves. – corsiKa – 2015-08-27T04:29:07.180

2This is what I thought of as well, though given the joke author is English the other answer is likely correct. Also you should accredit the image. – MichaelChirico – 2015-08-27T13:55:50.290

No way is it bees, baseball, gridiron, or Quidditch. The comedian was born in Scotland in the 1970s and raised in Yorkshire. It's football (soccer) that he's talking about. – Ewan Mellor – 2015-08-28T06:27:16.360

@EwanMellor Not every question has a single correct answer... unless you are saying with ABSOLUTE!!! certainty that Scotland/Yorkshire has never had beekeepers? I'll agree odds are it's football(soccer) (or cricket, since that's one of weird sports as well)... but others have said they had the same thought as me, so I'm not alone in thinking she's a (bee)keeper. – user3321 – 2015-08-28T14:46:34.700


It is a play on words based on

a) "Keeper" Urban Dictionary Definition

a term used to describe a guy/girl that you love very much and plan to "keep"

b) "Keeper" Oxford English Dictionary Definition See #2

Shorthand for a Goalkeeper (Football [UK]) or Wicketkeeper (Cricket)

who would traditionally wear large gloves:

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The first part of the joke leads you to believe that the teller is talking about definition a), but then qualifies it by talking about the gloves to give definition b)

Matt Wilko

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Alun Cochrane is a comedian from the North of England. He is referring to a Goalkeeper in football (soccer) as well as someone to keep forever. Goalkeepers or keepers use large gloves.


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