What is nonsense?

Nonsense

Nonsense is a communication, via speech, writing, or any other symbolic system, that lacks any coherent meaning. Sometimes in ordinary usage, nonsense is synonymous with absurdity or the ridiculous. Many poets, novelists and songwriters have used nonsense in their works, often creating entire works using it for reasons ranging from pure comic amusement or satire, to illustrating a point about language or reasoning. In the philosophy of language and philosophy of science, nonsense is distinguished from sense or meaningfulness, and attempts have been made to come up with a coherent and consistent method of distinguishing sense from nonsense. It is also an important field of study in cryptography regarding separating a signal from noise.

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Some articles on nonsense:

Anti-humor - Nonsense Jokes
... Nonsense jokes lack intrinsic meaning, and become funny simply because they are absurd, as in a nonsense riddle from the 1930s- Q What is the difference between a duck? A One leg is both the same ...
Mirror Walker
... The concept and the main character, Alan Nonsense, were created by Barry Daniel Petersen who approached Chicago-based, award winning photographer Erich Schrempp to give the production the unique ... The name Alan Nonsense was a tribute to the Lewis Carroll book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Al - in - Nonsense ...
Literary Nonsense
... Literary nonsense (or nonsense literature) is a broad categorization of literature that uses sensical and nonsensical elements to defy language conventions or logical ... Even though the most well-known form of literary nonsense is nonsense verse, the genre is present in many forms of literature ... The effect of nonsense is often caused by an excess of meaning, rather than a lack of it ...
Teaching Machines To Talk Nonsense
... Scientists have attempted to teach machines to produce nonsense ... Racter was a computer program which generated nonsense texts by this method however, Racter’s book, The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed, proved to have been the product of heavy ...
Simon Drew - Books
... A Book of Bestial Nonsense (1986) Nonsense in Flight (1987) Still Warthogs Run Deep (1988) The Puffin’s Advice (1989) Cat with Piano Tuna (1990) Camp David Nonsense in Art (1992) Beastly Address Book for Beastly ...

More definitions of "nonsense":

  • (adj): Having no intelligible meaning.
    Example: "Nonsense syllables"
    Synonyms: nonsensical

Famous quotes containing the word nonsense:

    The cot we shared is almost a prison
    where I can’t say buttercup, bobolink,
    sugarduck, pumpkin, love ribbon, locket,
    valentine, summergirl, funnygirl and all
    those nonsense things one says in bed.
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)

    To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life.
    Gelett Burgess (1866–1951)