Linguistic humor, Give me a word

Source: The monks of New Skete. 1999. In the spirit of happiness. Little, Brown, and Company. 55.
One day, in the midst of a crisis of faith, [an arrogant monk] went to the abba and said, "Abba, give me a word." The abba replied, "No." The brother, shocked, retorted, "Why not?" The abba looked at him calmly. " 'No' isn't good enough?"