What is humor?

  • (noun): (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state.
    Synonyms: humour
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on humor:

Cow And Chicken - Humor - Controversy
... The episode contained obvious sexual humor, which includes Mom's line "Oh, the Buffalo Gals, a motorcycle riding gang that randomly bursts into ...
Charles Pinsky
... in America with Joan Nathan (39 episodes, 2002) The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Celebrating the Humor of Carl Reiner (2001), the history of sitcoms Celebrating ...
Assburger - Characteristics - Speech and Language
... individuals with AS usually understand the cognitive basis of humor, they seem to lack understanding of the intent of humor to share enjoyment with others ... Despite strong evidence of impaired humor appreciation, anecdotal reports of humor in individuals with AS seem to challenge some psychological ...
Lorenzo Albacete - Publications
... The book, like the monsignor, crackles with humor, warmth, and intellectual excitement ... into the mystery of God and a wonderful sense of humor even when he is speaking about very heavy subjects ... Perhaps it is precisely this sense of humor-and wonder-that brings people of all faiths to Msgr ...
Measurement and Detection - Detecting Presence and Absence of Seriousness in Humor
... Further information Theory of humor In the theory of humor, one must have a sense of humor and a sense of seriousness to distinguish what is supposed to be taken literally or not ... An even more keen sense is needed when humor is used to make a serious point ... Psychologists have studied how humor is intended to be taken as having seriousness, as when court jesters used humor to convey serious information ...

More definitions of "humor":

  • (noun): A characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling.
    Example: "He was in a bad humor"
    Synonyms: temper, mood, humour
  • (verb): Put into a good mood.
    Synonyms: humour
  • (noun): The quality of being funny.
    Example: "I fail to see the humor in it"
    Synonyms: humour
  • (noun): A message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter.
    Synonyms: wit, humour, witticism, wittiness
  • (noun): The trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous.
    Example: "She didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
    Synonyms: humour, sense of humor, sense of humour

Famous quotes containing the word humor:

    Every American, to the last man, lays claim to a “sense” of humor and guards it as his most significant spiritual trait, yet rejects humor as a contaminating element wherever found. America is a nation of comics and comedians; nevertheless, humor has no stature and is accepted only after the death of the perpetrator.
    —E.B. (Elwyn Brooks)

    Men’s happiness and misery depends altogether as much upon their own humor as it does upon fortune.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)

    Humor is not a mood but a way of looking at the world. So if it is correct to say that humor was stamped out in Nazi Germany, that does not mean that people were not in good spirits, or anything of that sort, but something much deeper and more important.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951)