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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).

humour

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Well, anyway, it was all beastly funny, over there to the westward.
And it's funny, most awful funny, with all those coconuts, not even a coconut crab.
They said he never once suggested by his tone or manner that he was singing anything funny - that would spoil it.
The slightest hint on his part that he knew how funny he was would have completely ruined it all.
He glowered round upon us with a look of such concentrated ferocity that, but for our being forewarned as to the German method of comic singing, we should have been nervous; and he threw such a wailing note of agony into the weird music that, if we had not known it was a funny song, we might have wept.
Jo's funny hat deserved a vote of thanks, for it was of general utility.
A very merry lunch it was, for everything seemed fresh and funny, and frequent peals of laughter startled a venerable horse who fed near by.
It's very funny when well done, and makes a perfect jumble of tragical comical stuff to laugh over.
Some of her attempts were successful, others were failures; but she kept them all, fine or funny, knowing the children at home would enjoy anything new.
I can't wead the witing; but the pictures are so funny.
Very rough and faulty, but so funny, that it was evident Polly's sense of humor was strong.
But, search as they might, in no place could they find a funny ornament that might be the transformation of the Tin Woodman.