What is humour?

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

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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Some articles on humour:

Humour and Culture
... Different cultures have different expectations of humour so comedy shows are not always successful when transplanted into another culture ... in Britain are that Americans don't understand irony and that Germans have no sense of humour ...
Shock Humour
... Shock humour is a style of comedy intended to shock the audience ... This can be achieved through excessively foul toilet humour, mocking of serious themes (a.k.a ... In radio, shock jocks use this brand of humour ...
Spice Boys (footballers) - Scandals and Controversies - Vandalism, Humour, Pranks and Orgies
... 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 mates' shoes ...
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 ...

More definitions of "humour":

  • (noun): A message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter.
    Synonyms: wit, humor, witticism, wittiness
  • (noun): The quality of being funny.
    Synonyms: humor
  • (noun): A characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling.
    Synonyms: temper, mood, humor
  • (verb): Put into a good mood.
    Synonyms: humor

Famous quotes containing the word humour:

    Humour is the describing the ludicrous as it is in itself; wit is the exposing it, by comparing or contrasting it with something else. Humour is, as it were, the growth of nature and accident; wit is the product of art and fancy.
    William Hazlitt (1778–1830)

    Right as the humour of melancholy
    Causeth full many a man in sleep to cry
    For fear of blacke bears, or bulles black,
    Or elles blacke devils will them take.
    Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?–1400)

    The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle, without being at all acute; hence there is so much humour and so little wit in their literature.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)