Is “dimbulb” one word or two?

01Feb11

Guy: How many proofreaders does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Me: Is “light bulb” one word or two?

Guy: Uh … I don’t know.

Me: Sorry, did I steal your punchline?

Guy: Oh, I didn’t have a punchline. I was just asking the question.

Me: Oh, okay.

Guy: So is it one word or two?

Me: No, that’s just how that joke goes: “Q. How many proofreaders does it take to screw in a light bulb? A. Is ‘light bulb’ one word or two?”

Guy: Oh. So, how many words is it then?

Me: [sigh] Two.



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