What is humour?

Humour

Humour or humor (see spelling differences) is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humors (Latin: humor, "body fluid"), control human health and emotion.

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Spice Boys (footballers) - Scandals and Controversies - Vandalism, Humour, Pranks and Orgies
... were also labelled for being serial pranksters with a scally sense of humour that was not appreciated, reported widely in the media, with reports of them cutting up team ...
Shock Humour
... Shock humour is a style of comedy intended to shock the audience ... can be achieved through excessively foul toilet humour, mocking of serious themes (a.k.a ... In radio, shock jocks use this brand of humour ...
List Of Humor Research Publications - Collections of Scientific Works On Humor
... It's a Funny Thing, Humour Oxford, England Pergamon Press, 1977 J ... John Parkin (Ed.)(1999) French Humour Papers Based on a Colloquium Held in the French Department of the University of Bristol, November 30, 1996, Rodopi, ISBN 90-420-0586-6 Paton, G.E.C ... (Eds) The Social Faces of Humour Practices and Issues, Aldershot, England Arena Raskin, Victor ...
The Daily Mash - Reception
... aims to provide less politically correct humour than mainstream satire ... The site's humour has been described as "cruel," "scatological," "absurd" and "irreverent." It is considered a British alternative and upstart rival to the better known US publication The Onion and its ... Despite its humour, the site is considered to be insightful on occasion ...
Humour and Culture
... Different cultures have different expectations of humour so comedy shows are not always successful when transplanted into another culture ... understand irony and that Germans have no sense of humour ...

More definitions of "humour":

  • (noun): A characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling.
    Synonyms: temper, mood, humor
  • (noun): (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state.
    Synonyms: humor
  • (noun): A message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter.
    Synonyms: wit, humor, witticism, wittiness
  • (verb): Put into a good mood.
    Synonyms: humor
  • (noun): The quality of being funny.
    Synonyms: humor

Famous quotes containing the word humour:

    The difference between farce and humour in literature is, I suppose, that farce strums louder and louder on one string, while humour varies its note, changes its key, grows and spreads and deepens until it may indeed reach tragic depths.
    —V.S. (Victor Sawdon)

    I wish the English still possessed a shred of the old sense of humour which Puritanism, and dyspepsia, and newspaper reading, and tea-drinking have nearly extinguished.
    Norman Douglas (1868–1952)

    Wit is a weapon. Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority. But humour is the pursuit of a gentle grin, usually in solitude.
    Frank Muir (b. 1920)