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humour

(US), humor
1. any of various fluids in the body, esp the aqueous humour and vitreous humour
2. Archaic any of the four bodily fluids (blood, phlegm, choler or yellow bile, melancholy or black bile) formerly thought to determine emotional and physical disposition

humour

amusement, laughter, and the like created by the paradoxical, ironic outcomes of social situations, language, and the portrayal of these in literature, art and the theatre. Although humour is a universal feature of human societies and a diverse literature exists (not least the work of Freud), the treatment of humour, has been only fragmentary within sociology, despite its importance in social life. See M. Mulkay, On Humour (1988).

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And alongside the winks, of course, there's the veiled threat: If you don't play along, you're a humorless Puritan.
The smug, humorless political correctness of every smarmy line she uttered made me cringe on behalf of progressive women everywhere.
And certainly, after reading this stimulating book it will be much more difficult to uphold the old stereotypes of the humorless and unpolitical German.
While the choreography has become less and less hard-edged in inspiration and more and more compromised in tone, the soundscores accompanying it have become more raucous, more inane, more offensive and most of all more humorless.
Green thinks there's room for an investing site that isn't breathless, intimidating, jargon-packed, humorless and boring, " said Ken Kurson, editor of greenmagazine.
Brendan is beaten, jerked around and blackmailed repeatedly, yet sticks to his investigation with humorless, single-minded doggedness.
It would have emerged tortured, humorless, and overlong, a thinly disguised autobiography attracting enough rejection to cause permanent psychological damage.
How dare Kaiser speak for gays in the military--men and women who have the courage and conviction to fight for our freedom rather than make cheap, humorless cracks about the president?
With this greater perspective, "After the Wall" becomes meaningful less as a decade-long sampling of artistic freedom than as a detailed map of the devastating and residual aftereffects on artistic production in Central and Eastern Europe wrought by the hard-heart ed authoritarianism and humorless subjugation that had their beginnings in 1937.
As she declares elsewhere in the book in what may be an inadvertent self-portrait, "Washington is filled with driven, humorless people"
Note to humorless lawyers: The preceding was parody.
My adventure began immediately, when a humorless customs agent decided he wouldn't let me into the country with all the video and sound equipment I had.