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English Humour for Beginners
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 160

English Humour for Beginners

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-06-02
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  • Publisher: Penguin UK

If you want to succeed here you must be able to handle the English sense of humour. So proclaims George Mikes' timeless exploration of this curious phenomenon. Whether it's understatement, self-deprecation or plain cruelty, the three elements he identifies as essential to our sense of humour, being witty here is a way of life. Perfectly placed as an adopted Englishman himself, Mikes delivers his shrewd advice - helpfully divided into 'Theory' and 'Practice' - with a comic precision that does his chosen country proud. Drawing on a trove of examples from our rich comic canon, from Orwell ("Every joke is a tiny revolution") to Oscar Wilde, this is the essential handbook for natives and foreigners alike. Mrs Kennedy: "I don't think, Mr Churchill, that I have told you anything about my grandchildren." Winston Churchill: "For which, madam, I am infinitely grateful."

Inside Jokes
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 374

Inside Jokes

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2011
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

Some things are funny -- jokes, puns, sitcoms, Charlie Chaplin, The Far Side, Malvolio with his yellow garters crossed -- but why? Why does humor exist in the first place? Why do we spend so much of our time passing on amusing anecdotes, making wisecracks, watching The Simpsons? In Inside Jokes, Matthew Hurley, Daniel Dennett, and Reginald Adams offer an evolutionary and cognitive perspective. Humor, they propose, evolved out of a computational problem that arose when our long-ago ancestors were furnished with open-ended thinking. Mother Nature -- aka natural selection -- cannot just order the brain to find and fix all our time-pressured misleaps and near-misses. She has to bribe the brain with pleasure. So we find them funny. This wired-in source of pleasure has been tickled relentlessly by humorists over the centuries, and we have become addicted to the endogenous mind candy that is humor.

Analyzing Language and Humor in Online Communication
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 324

Analyzing Language and Humor in Online Communication

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-06-16
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  • Publisher: IGI Global

Misunderstandings in technology-mediated communication can be due to a lack of tone and facial expression on the part of the speaker, which provide additional context clues into the meaning of the message beyond textual representation. As technology becomes more of a ubiquitous element in our interactions with one another, further study into the ways in which language and humor are conveyed online and impact human communication is essential. Analyzing Language and Humor in Online Communication presents a compendium of research into virtual communities, online communication, social networks, and the ways that language, and humor in particular, are being conveyed and understood in these digital environments. Emphasizing examples from popular culture and contemporary media, this innovative publication fills the current void in the literature by focusing specifically on humor creation and perception in the digital age. Students, researchers, linguists, psychologists, media professionals, and sociologists will find this publication to be a unique reference source.

Humor and Laughter, Playfulness and Cheerfulness: Upsides and Downsides to a Life of Lightness
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 433

Humor and Laughter, Playfulness and Cheerfulness: Upsides and Downsides to a Life of Lightness

The emergence of Positive Psychology has highlighted the importance of studying the good life and how to attain it. Positive life outcomes, such as well-being, thriving, flourishing, and happiness were discussed and investigated. Among them, different orientations to happiness were identified, such as a life of pleasure, life of meaning, and life of engagement. Other outcomes, such as subjective and objective fulfillment in life or societal recognition have been less studied. Among the characteristics that facilitate positive outcomes, the VIA-classification of strength and virtues distinguishes 24 strengths with humor/playfulness being one of them. Only a small segment of humor entered the ...

Wit and Humor of the Age
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 794

Wit and Humor of the Age

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1889
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Wit and Humor of the Age
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 800

Wit and Humor of the Age

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1884
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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An Encyclopedia of Humor
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 416

An Encyclopedia of Humor

Laughter is meant to inspire and heal, not belittle and harm. This new collection provides abundant good clean fun, whenever you need inspirational slices of life, bracing quips, quotable wisdom, or a refreshing dose of nonsense. Church quirks, or corporate perks? From family life to the afterlife, Lowell has it covered.Best of all, to find the pertinent anecdote, you don't have to read the whole book (though you'll want to). Each of these jokes is categorized and indexed so you can find it on demand. Perhaps you're a public speaker who wants plenty of sparkling witticisms to hone your point. Or maybe you (and your family) simply want to enjoy thousands of fresh jokes. Either way, let An Enc...

Jokes and Puns
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 296

Jokes and Puns

A day without laughter is a day wasted. - Charlie Chaplin A smile lasts, but for a moment, but the memory of it can last forever. My father started me on enjoying clean humor at an early age. I have always loved good humor, particularly puns, shaggy dog stories and short one and two liners. Through the years I recorded the better ones I enjoyed and a few years ago I began sharing them with old friends. Now you can enjoy. As an example: God: "Whew! I just created a 24 hour period of alternating l

The Best of Modern Humor
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 582

The Best of Modern Humor

Contains a collection of American and English humor from such outstanding contributors as Woody Allen, Damon Runyon, Trumon Capote, Groucho Marx, Art Buchwald, Roy Blount, Jr., Fran Liebowitz, Philip Roth, and Eudora Welty.

Humor, Seriously
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 274

Humor, Seriously

WALL STREET JOURNAL, LOS ANGELES TIMES, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Anyone—even you!—can learn how to harness the power of humor in business (and life), based on the popular class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Don’t miss the authors’ TED Talk, “Why great leaders take humor seriously,” online now. “The ultimate guide to using the magical power of funny as a tool for leadership and a force for good.”—Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When and Drive We are living through a period of unprecedented uncertainty and upheaval in both our personal and professional lives. So it should come as a surprise to exactly no one that trust, human connect...