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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 those humourless lefties know, the only rational response to the idea that 'politics should be kept out of sport' is one of muted laughter.
I've since read humourless and politically motivated tirades against a "humourless" country not laughing at similar provocation by an insensitive, publicityseeking celebrity ass.
Saffron is a quirky, impulsive child who would drive a humourless teacher crazy
Oh, it's the humourless of the nation grinding their teeth as they watch "the long-haired loafer" swan about his patch of heaven, digging up carrots and breathlessly brushing off his spuds.
AS IF we needed any more proof how bubble-brained David Beckham is, the posse of humourless chimps who mind him hit a new low this week by pulling the plug on a smart bit of electioneering by Swiss ref turned-politician Philippe Leuba.
While his ownership would be infinitely preferable to seeing it sold to a bunch of humourless Koreans, I say Jaguar is in perfectly safe hands and should stay with Ford.
While Sue Lawley, the show's current incumbent, can occasionally be a bit too pushy and humourless, she was a big improvement on the programme's founder Roy Plomley, an excr uciating interviewer who never varied his questioning from one week to the next.
I am sure I can't be alone in despairing of the usual earnest, navel-gazing, humourless content of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand.
To some extent it was all vaguely humourless in spite of the comedy sequences with a nutty psychiatrist.
By the way, to accuse the Puritans and the Nonconformists of being humourless is hilarious.
A grim, humourless group of people, they systematically chip away at the country's moral foundations.
Leaving aside the fact that the writer clearly doesn't appreciate that the diary is in itself the old rogue's last great joke on the humourless, Ashworth's reference to Sir William Rous, Wyatt's supposedly preferred candidate for the Tote Chairmanship, showed all the classic hallmarks of bigotry and inverted snobbery.