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Vocabulary items related to humour
This is a list of Humour:
Humour is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement.
Sense of humour:
A sense of humour is the ability to experience humour.
“He’s got a great sense of humour” (= he is very able to see things as amusing.)
A person who writes or tells amusing stories
Funny, or making you laugh.
“Her latest book is a humorous look at teenage life” Amusing:
Entertaining. “an amusing story/person/ situation”
1. Any humorous discourse generally intended to amuse, especially in television, film, and standup comedy.
2.The amusing part of a situation.
“I prefer Shakespeare’s comedies to his tragedies.”
“The candidate forgetting his lines in the middle of the speech provided some good comedy.” Comedian:
A person whose job is to make people laugh by telling jokes and amusing stories or by copying the behavior or speech of famous people: “a stand-up comedian.”
An amusing way of looking at or treating something that is serious or sad.
To make a joke or a clever remark. “He’s always cracking jokes.”
Amusing, especially in an unusual way. “A droll remark/ expression/person.”
Dry humour is very amusing in a way which is clever and not loud or obvious:
“a dry sense of humour.”
“a dry wit.”
Not serious about a serious subject, in an attempt to be amusing or to appear clever:
“He’s just being facetious.”
Amusing; causing laughter:
“Do you know any funny jokes?”
“It’s not funny - don’t laugh!”
“No matter how disastrous the situation there always seems to be a funny side to it.”
A joke or funny story, especially one told by a comedian (= person whose job is to make people laugh):
“I did a few opening gags about the band that had been on before me.”
Jokes or humourous remarks that are made about unpleasant or worrying subjects such as death and illness
Extremely amusing and causing a lot of laughter:
“He didn’t like the film at all - I thought it was hilarious.” Jest:
Something which is said or done in order to amuse: “His proposal was no jest - he was completely sincere.” Joke:
Something, such as an amusing story or trick, that is said or done in order to make people laugh:
“Did I tell you the joke about the chicken crossing the road?”
“She spent the evening cracking (= telling) jokes and life telling funny stories.” trivia “He tried n. unimportant to do a comedy or useless routine, information but all his jokes fell flat” (= no one laughed at them).
Don’t you get (= understand) the joke?
To smile while making sounds with your voice that show you think something is funny or you are happy:
“They laughed at her jokes.”
“I couldn’t stop laughing.”
A way of criticizing people or ideas in a humorous way, or a piece of writing or play which uses this style. Satire may rely more on understanding the target of the humour, and thus tends to appeal to more mature audiences. :
“Her play was a biting/cruel satire on life in the 80s.”
The ability to perceive and express in an ingeniously humorous manner the relationship between seemingly incongruous or disparate things.
Choose the appropriate words:
1. He’s very funny. Whenever I meet him, he ........... ...a joke. He really has a good of humour .
2. Charlie Chaplin was one of the most creative ...........
3. Keep your ........... remark for you. You know. It’s not very funny.
4. The show was ........... . It just caused a lot of ........... in the audience.
5. The president’s .......... speech attracted a lot of admiration.
6. He is very ............ He makes me laugh a lot.
7. Black humour is a way of looking at ........... events in an amusing way.
8. A piece of writing or play which criticizes people or ideas in a humorous way is called ...........