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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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We need real, passionate humans representing us - not humourless droids (Ed Miliband notwithstanding).
If you embrace Australia's laid-back larrikin image, there's not much point being humourless when people take the mick.
Sure, it has Harry Hill, but by and large, the channel is hardly synonymous with big laughs - and has been even more humourless since losing Blanche on Coronation Street.
One of the most famous examples of a ref getting in the neck for being humourless involved Dougie Smith and PaulGascoignein the 1990's.
The Love Guru will leave few amused with its crass and humourless tale of self-empowerment, which bookends lacklustre comic vignettes with Bollywood-style song and dance performances of Dolly Parton's anthem 9 To 5, More Than Words by Extreme and The Joker by the Steve Miller Band.
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.
Dour Welshmen adding to its image as a humourless nation include Neil Kinnock and Huw Edwards.
Ivor went to town towards the end of his piece saying: ``Plaid Cymru have always had a problem portraying the party as all things to all people, harvesting votes from the innocent while placating those intoxicated by the humourless selfish evil that characterises all nationalism, anywhere in the world.
By the way, to accuse the Puritans and the Nonconformists of being humourless is hilarious.
I've had enough of the long stares, the deep thoughts and the wet-fish character which has made him humourless, boring and downright annoying for the last few years.
Hattersley was a funny person in real life who used to make jokes about himself but Blair seems to be fairly humourless.
In a round-table discussion at a world youth summit this week, Anson was given a grilling by a humourless compere.