OH MY WORD

The Queensland Times - - WEEKEND -

Upchuck, bubby, boff, wrig­gly, yaps, gig­gle, cooch, guf­faw, puff­ball and jig­gly: these are the top 10 fun­ni­est words in the English lan­guage, ac­cord­ing to a new study by Univer­sity of Al­berta psy­chol­ogy ex­perts.

Re­searchers found the let­ter K and sound “oo” are sig­nif­i­cantly more likely to oc­cur in funny words than not-funny words.

“Hu­mour is, of course, still per­sonal,” psy­chol­o­gist Chris West­bury said.

“Here we get at the el­e­ments of hu­mour that aren’t per­sonal – things that are uni­ver­sally funny.”

West­bury an­a­lysed a Univer­sity of War­wick study that had par­tic­i­pants rate the hu­mor­ous­ness of words. It found there are two types of pre­dic­tors to gauge how funny a word is: form (length, let­ter, sound) and se­man­tic (how they re­late to emo­tions).

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