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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 it was so funny that, when Herr Slossenn Boschen had sung it once before the German Emperor, he (the German Emperor) had had to be carried off to bed.
They said he never once suggested by his tone or manner that he was singing anything funny - that would spoil it.
We thought this very funny: we said his earnest manner was half the humour.
A few of these have come down to us, and some of the items and prices paid sound very funny now.
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.
If Polly had cried a little just here, he would have yielded; unfortunately she giggled, for Tom's fierce attitude was such a funny contrast to his dress that she could n't help it.
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.
There was nothing wrong or unseemly in what they said, it was witty and might have been funny, but it lacked just that something which is the salt of mirth, and they were not even aware that such a thing existed.
But, search as they might, in no place could they find a funny ornament that might be the transformation of the Tin Woodman.