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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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As humorousness varies from individual to individual, field energy concomitantly varies, i.e., not only is there a positive relationship between humor and field energy, but the relationship suggests that humor and field energy are mutually patterned.
"I prefer a little humor." The humorousness, or otherwise, of Henrietta Horn's performance in Masrah al-Madina on Friday, appeared to be a topic of some contention.
Yet was this half-horrible stolidity in him, involving, too, as it appeared, an all-ramifying heartlessness;--yet was it oddly dashed at times, with an old, crutch-like, antediluvian, wheezing humorousness, not unstreaked now and then with a certain grizzled wittiness; such as might have served to pass the time during the midnight watch on the bearded forecastle of Noah's ark.
We planned to recruit participants for these replication studies among the general public and felt that it would be difficult to secure ethical clearance for the use of erotic stimuli and so planned to replace this reward task with an alternative that involved rating the relative humorousness of sets of cartoons (taken from Gary Larsen Far Side publications--see Figure 1).