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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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Sir Richard Leese, who has been council leader since 1996, also paid tribute to Jack's sense of humour - and said he had played a key role in creating the city's transport network.
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Some 67% of Newcastle residents say it's their sense of humour that makes them stand out from the crowd, and 37% say it's their sense of style.
By the same token, not to have this sense of humour could be considered as social handicap, and for the sad individuals concerned to be seen as less than fully human.
Get a life and while you're at it, get a sense of humour.
However, I realised I needed to get a sense of humour and embrace it.
I also am a member of the grey-haired brigade with 40 years' driving experience and I have an excellent sense of humour.
Michael Bolton has revealed it is a good sense of humour he looks for in a woman.
The women in the study also judged the men who had a good sense of humour as more honest and said that they would be more likely to become friends with them.
It's important we have someone like that to help us move forward, but he also has a sense of humour, he relates to players, and I've been very impressed with what I've seen of him.
Boo's a terrific striker of the ball and his sense of humour and style will resonate throughout the team room.
Rabbi and author Harold Kushner said, "The soul is not a physical entity, but instead refers to everything about us that is not physical--our values, memories, identity, sense of humour.