I have published several hundred jokes and anecdotes in my life, but this one never made it. It remains a personal favorite, and I offer it here.
When compiling his great dictionary, the young Noah Webster travels to the Himalayas, where he climbs to the cave of the world's wisest man. "O, great sage," he says, "tell me the meaning of life."
The sage sits Noah at his feet and, with great solemnity, commences to unfold the meaning of life. When finished, he places a hand on the young man's shoulder and says, "Do you have any other questions, my son?"
Noah flips a page in his notebook and says,"You wouldn't know the meaning of lift, would you?"
-- Robert Brault