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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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The introductory chapter by Jocelyn Chey, "Youmo and the Chinese Sense of Humour," provides a nuanced and comprehensive overview of the history of humor in China based on the chapters in the book; it begins with the physicality of laughter in Traditional Chinese Medicine, then moves through Confucian and Daoist concepts of humor, the biographies of huaji "court jesters" found in the standard histories, the use of wit in persuasions made by scholar-officials at court, humorous anecdotes culled from Chinese collectanea, and the importance of the Shishuo xinyu (A new account of tales of the world) in showing how humor was used to negotiate relationships between elites.
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Clarke explains how and why we find things funny and identifies the reason humour is common to all human societies, its fundamental role in the evolution of humans and its continuing importance in the cognitive development of infants.
She will address the Laughing Matters conference on the role of humour for men with testicular cancer.
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Grace aux changements culturels et technologiques, les Nord-americains se trouvent devant une variete sans precedent d'humour ethnique, la plupart duquel est "cache," c'est-a-dire, qui vient des membres du groupe qui utilise l'humour comme moyen d'engendrer et reflechir leur solidarite Certain groupes, tels les feministes, le gais, et les handicapes, ont suivi l'exemple des groupes ethniques en creant leur propre humour comme lutte contre le langage de la haine.
She brings humour and the same sense of empathy to her volunteer work at the cathedral, where she advises brides and grooms on locations for flowers and candies, limousine parking and the vagaries of a church built in 1899 (washrooms are in the parish hall).
Humour is "the mental faculty of discovering, expressing or appreciating ludicrous or absurdly incongruous elements in ideas, situations, happenings or acts" (Webster Dictionary, 2005).