OH MY WORD
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).