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Old 02-06-2013, 05:50 PM   #751
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The Oxford comma is so stupid and that picture is OLD Jive.
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1st off, one of the very first posts EVER in funny internet thread was that you weren't allowed to call "OOOLD" on posts. That's your first warning.

Second, how is it stupid and unnecessary?
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Second, how is it stupid and unnecessary?
What the hell is the conjunction for if you're just going to put a comma there?
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the only people not to use oxford commas are assholes, Cobbo and bonoz21212
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I can settle this. I know people.
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The irony is, I was confused by your last sentence for a second.


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Hahahahahahahaha this thread is the funniest fucking thread on the site. How do you guys find all these funny posts to post and share and post? BWWAAAAAHAHA!!!!
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"Hilarity" and "Hilarious" redirect here. For the U.S. Navy ship, see USS Hilarity (AM-241). For the stand-up special by Louis C.K., see Hilarious (album). For other uses, see Humour (disambiguation).
Smiling can imply a sense of humour and a state of amusement, as in this painting of Falstaff by Eduard von Grützner.

Humour or humor (see spelling differences) is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humors (Latin: humor, "body fluid"), control human health and emotion.

People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. The majority of people are able to experience humour, i.e., to be amused, to laugh or smile at something funny, and thus they are considered to have a sense of humour. The hypothetical person lacking a sense of humour would likely find the behaviour induced by humour to be inexplicable, strange, or even irrational. Though ultimately decided by personal taste, the extent to which a person will find something humorous depends upon a host of variables, including geographical location, culture, maturity, level of education, intelligence and context. For example, young children may favour slapstick, such as Punch and Judy puppet shows or cartoons such as Tom and Jerry. Satire may rely more on understanding the target of the humour and thus tends to appeal to more mature audiences.
Contents

1 Theories of humour
2 Views on humour
2.1 Ancient Greece
2.2 India
2.3 In Arabic culture
2.4 Social demographics
3 Humour formula
3.1 Root components
3.2 Methods
3.3 Behaviour, place and size
3.4 Exaggeration
4 Humour and culture
5 See also
6 References
7 Further reading
8 External links

Theories of humour
Main article: Theories of humour

Many theories exist about what humour is and what social function it serves. The prevailing types of theories attempting to account for the existence of humour include psychological theories, the vast majority of which consider humour-induced behaviour to be very healthy; spiritual theories, which may, for instance, consider humour to be a "gift from God"; and theories which consider humour to be an unexplainable mystery, very much like a mystical experience.[1]
Views on humour

Some claim that humour cannot or should not be explained. Author E.B. White once said, "Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind."[2]

Arthur Schopenhauer lamented the misuse of the term "humour" (a German loanword from English) to mean any type of comedy. However, both "humour" and "comic" are often used when theorising about the subject. The connotations of "humour" as opposed to "comic" are said to be that of response versus stimulus. Additionally, "humour" was thought to include a combination of ridiculousness and wit in an individual; the paradigmatic case being Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff. The French were slow to adopt the term "humour"; in French, "humeur" and "humour" are still two different words, the former referring to a person's mood or to the archaic concept of the four humours.[citation needed]

Nonsatirical humour can be specifically termed "recreational drollery".[3][4]
Ancient Greece

Western humour theory begins with Plato, who attributed to Socrates (as a semihistorical dialogue character) in the Philebus (p. 49b) the view that the essence of the ridiculous is an ignorance in the weak, who are thus unable to retaliate when ridiculed. Later, in Greek philosophy, Aristotle, in the Poetics (1449a, pp. 34–35), suggested that an ugliness that does not disgust is fundamental to humour.
India

In ancient Sanskrit drama, Bharata Muni's Natya Shastra defined humour (hāsyam) as one of the nine nava rasas, or principle rasas (emotional responses), which can be inspired in the audience by bhavas, the imitations of emotions that the actors perform. Each rasa was associated with a specific bhavas portrayed on stage. In the case of humour, it was associated with mirth (hasya).[citation needed]
In Arabic culture

The terms "comedy" and "satire" became synonymous after Aristotle's Poetics was translated into Arabic in the medieval Islamic world, where it was elaborated upon by Arabic writers and Islamic philosophers such as Abu Bischr, his pupil Al-Farabi, Persian Avicenna, and Averroes. Due to cultural differences, they disassociated comedy from Greek dramatic representation, and instead identified it with Arabic poetic themes and forms, such as hija (satirical poetry). They viewed comedy as simply the "art of reprehension" and made no reference to light and cheerful events or troublous beginnings and happy endings associated with classical Greek comedy. After the Latin translations of the 12th century, the term "comedy" thus gained a new semantic meaning in Medieval literature.[5]
Social demographics

As with any form of art, acceptance depends on social demographics and varies from person to person. Throughout history, comedy has been used as a form of entertainment all over the world, whether in the courts of the Western kings or the villages of the Far East. Both a social etiquette and a certain intelligence can be displayed through forms of wit and sarcasm. Eighteenth-century German author Georg Lichtenberg said that "the more you know humour, the more you become demanding in fineness."[citation needed]
Humour formula
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Humour can be verbal, visual, or physical. Nonverbal forms of communication - for example, music or art - can also be humorous.
Root components

Being reflective of or imitative of reality
Surprise/misdirection, contradiction/paradox, ambiguity.

Methods

Farce
Hyperbole
Metaphor
Pun
Reframing
Timing

Behaviour, place and size

Rowan Atkinson explains in his lecture in the documentary "Funny Business"[6] that an object or a person can become funny in three ways. They are:

By behaving in an unusual way
By being in an unusual place
By being the wrong size

Most sight gags fit into one or more of these categories.
Exaggeration
Main article: Exaggeration#Humour

"Some theoreticians of the comic consider exaggeration to be a universal comic device".[7] It may take different forms in different genres, but all rely on the fact that "the easiest way to make things laughable is to exaggerate to the point of absurdity their salient traits".[8]
Humour and culture

Different cultures have different expectations of humour so comedy shows are not always successful when transplanted into another culture. Two well-known stereotypes in Britain are that Americans don't understand irony and that Germans have no sense of humour. Whether these statements have any validity has been discussed in a BBC News article.[9]
See also

Deadpan
Gelotology, the study of laughing and laughter
Humor styles
Laughter in literature
List of humorists
Surreal humour
Theories of humor

References

^ Raymond Smullyan, "The Planet Without Laughter", This Book Needs No Title
^ Quotationspage.com
^ Seth Benedict Graham A cultural analysis of the Russo-Soviet Anekdot 2003 p.13
^ Bakhtin, Mikhail. Rabelais and His World [1941, 1965]. Trans. Hélène Iswolsky. Bloomington: Indiana University Press p.12
^ Webber, Edwin J. (January 1958), "Comedy as Satire in Hispano-Arabic Spain", Hispanic Review (University of Pennsylvania Press) 26 (1): 1–11, doi:10.2307/470561, JSTOR 470561
^ Rowan Atkinson/David Hinton, Funny Business (tv series), Episode 1 - aired 22 November 1992, UK, Tiger Television Productions
^ Emil Draitser, Techniques of Satire (1994) p. 135
^ M. Eastman/W. Fry, Enjoyment of Laughter (2008) p. 156
^ "Do the Americans get irony?". BBC News. 27 January 2004. Retrieved 2 April 2012.

Further reading

Alexander, Richard (1984) Verbal humor and variation in English: Sociolinguistic notes on a variety of jokes
Alexander, Richard (1997) Aspects of verbal humour in English
Basu, S (December 1999), "Dialogic ethics and the virtue of humor", Journal of Political Philosophy (Blackwell Publishing Ltd) Vol. 7 (No. 4): 378–403, doi:10.1111/1467-9760.00082, retrieved 2007-07-06 (Abstract)
Billig, M. (2005). Laughter and ridicule: Towards a social critique of humour. London: Sage. ISBN 1-4129-1143-5
Bricker, Victoria Reifler (Winter, 1980) The Function of Humor in Zinacantan Journal of Anthropological Research, Vol. 36, No. 4, pp. 411–418
Buijzen, Moniek; Valkenburg, Patti M. (2004), "Developing a Typology of Humor in Audiovisual Media", Media Psychology Vol. 6 (No. 2): 147–167, doi:10.1207/s1532785xmep0602_2(Abstract)
Carrell, Amy (2000), Historical views of humour, University of Central Oklahoma. Retrieved on 2007-07-06.
García-Barriocanal, Elena; Sicilia, Miguel-Angel; Palomar, David (2005) (pdf), A Graphical Humor Ontology for Contemporary Cultural Heritage Access, Ctra. Barcelona, km.33.6, 28871 Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), Spain,: University of Alcalá, retrieved 2007-07-06
Goldstein, Jeffrey H., et al. (1976) "Humour, Laughter, and Comedy: A Bibliography of Empirical and Nonempirical Analyses in the English Language." It's a Funny Thing, Humour. Ed. Antony J. Chapman and Hugh C. Foot. Oxford and New York: Pergamon Press, 1976. 469-504.
Hurley, Matthew M., Dennet, Daniel C., and Adams, Reginald B. Jr. (2011), Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-01582-0
Holland, Norman. (1982) "Bibliography of Theories of Humor." Laughing; A Psychology of Humor. Ithaca: Cornell U P, 209-223.
Luttazzi, Daniele (2004) Introduction to his Italian translation of Woody Allen's trilogy Side Effects, Without Feathers and Getting Even (Bompiani, 2004, ISBN 88-452-3304-9 (57-65).
Martin, Rod A. (2007). The Psychology Of Humour: An Integrative Approach. London, UK: Elsevier Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-12-372564-6
McGhee, Paul E. (1984) "Current American Psychological Research on Humor." Jahrbuche fur Internationale Germanistik 16.2: 37-57.
Mintz, Lawrence E., ed. (1988) Humor in America: A Research Guide to Genres and Topics. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1988. ISBN 0-313-24551-7; OCLC: 16085479.
Mobbs, D.; Greicius, M.D.; Abdel-Azim, E.; Menon, V.; Reiss, A. L. (2003), "Humor modulates the mesolimbic reward centres", Neuron 40 (5): 1041–1048, doi:10.1016/S0896-6273(03)00751-7, PMID 14659102.
Nilsen, Don L. F. (1992) "Satire in American Literature." Humor in American Literature: A Selected Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1992. 543-48.
Pogel, Nancy, and Paul P. Somers Jr. (1988) "Literary Humor." Humor in America: A Research Guide to Genres and Topics. Ed. Lawrence E. Mintz. London: Greenwood, 1988. 1-34.
Roth, G., Yap, R, & Short, D. (2006). "Examining humour in HRD from theoretical and practical perspectives". Human Resource Development International, 9(1), 121-127.
Smuts, Aaron. "Humor". Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Wogan, Peter (Spring 2006), "Laughing At First Contact", Visual Anthropology Review Vol. 22 (No. 1): 14–34, online December 12, 2006, doi:10.1525/var.2006.22.1.14, retrieved 2007-07-06 (Abstract)

External links
Look up humor or humour in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to: humor

Humor at the Open Directory Project
International Society for Humor Studies
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Whatever is a slang term meaning "whatever you say" and "I don't care what you say". The term is used to dismiss a previous statement and express indifference and is usually considered offensive and impolite. In the late 20th century and early 21st century, the word became a sentence in its own right; in effect an interjection, it is used as a passive-aggressive conversational blocking tool, leaving the responder without a convincing retort. Anything they do or say can simply be blocked by the retort of "whatever".


Prevalent among the affluent "valley girls" of California in the 1980s, it was known to be offensive as in saying, "I don't think what you are saying is relevant" (as used in the film Clueless), according to slang expert Tony Thorne, who first recorded it there. It was a term used by WAGs - the wives and girlfriends of movie stars and producers but picked up as part of the code of the 'valley girls'. When said by valley girls it is usually said while making a "W" with the hands. The word is mentioned in the 2008 thriller film Lakeview Terrace and described in racial terms of white people doing/taking whatever they want regardless of the morality of their actions.
[edit]Abbreviations

A shorter version, "Evs", made it into American pop consciousness when used by Australian rocker Toby Rand on the American reality television series Rock Star: Supernova.[1]
In internet slang, it is sometimes abbreviated as "w/e".
[edit]Cultural impact

In Marist College polls of 2009 and 2010, whatever was voted as the phrase that is "most annoying in conversation."[2][3] On the TV show All in the Family which premiered in 1971, 'whatever' was frequently used by the main character, Archie Bunker, as a dismissive response to his wife, Edith Bunker.
The English translation of Michel Houellebecq's 1994 novel Extension du domaine de la lutte, which describes the chronically disaffected life[4] of a computer programmer, was titled "Whatever".
In some cultures, the semantic content of "whatever" can also be communicated using a hand gesture that of extending the forefingers and thumbs of both hands, and letting the thumb-tips touch, forming three acute angles that suggest the shape of the letter "W"; this gesture may be made against the gesturer's own forehead, similarly to the "L" of the 'Loser' gesture.[citation needed]
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Oh look at this badass over here.
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