Q: How much do pirates pay for corn?

Q: How much do pirates pay for corn?
A: A buccaneer!

This is a pun. The humor lies in the fact that the word buccaneer (which means a pirate) sounds like "buck an ear", which could be rendered more plainly as "dollar for each ear".

The word corn in American English refers to maize, which is sold by the ear often enough. It is possible that a price of $1 an ear could occur (but I have never seen such a price, $0.33 an ear is the highest I have ever seen).

I have heard another variant of this joke were corn is replaced by ear piercings which I will leave the deconstruction as an exercise to the reader.

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