description of types of humour
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ridiculous circumstances or characteristics.
subjects like death and war with none of the seriousness that they usually receive
an illustration or written work which exaggerates a person's prominent features or characteristics
a trite, worn-out expression or idea
comedy of manners
mocks the ruling classes, their tastes, and their highbrow etiquette, to amuse and call attention to hypocrisy and self-seriousness.
an expression which has two meanings—one of which is sexually risqué or indecorous (off-color, inappropriate for polite society, often funny)
audience knows what the characters do not.
unrealistic, otherworldly circumstances are conducive to comedy because all of a reader's expectations are either suspended or subverted. Everything that happens is a surprise
comedy which uses exaggerated circumstances and unlikely situations for its humor—often based on a more serious subject/topic
is sometimes called a comedy of errors, and relies on a series of outrageous misunderstandings among characters and generally far-fetched plots for laughs
exaggeration—usually for a particular effect
he expected meaning is the opposite of the real/actual meaning—the outcome is the opposite of what would be expected
use of words which are specialized, used only in a certain profession
also known as bathroom or gross humor. Crude jokes relating to the basic, physical elements of life
a word is replaced with another which sounds similar but does not make sense.
the message is garbled or taken literally rather than figuratively and the actions result from misunderstanding of the words.
looks at a daily phenomenon of lifeand comments o it in a humorous way
using higher or more complex diction than the occasion requires.
mocks politics and politicians in an effort to bring a bout public awareness or change.
a play on words—sound alike, but have an often humorous difference in meaning (similar to double entendre but without the sexual meaning)
an aggressive irony with a bitter, caustic quality intended to deride, embarrass, or cause injury.
can make you laugh, but its primary purpose is to bring about some kind of change by mocking particular qualities, often through the use of irony.
physical falls and gestures to supply humor.
mocks social convention and circumstance
a parody of something specific, such as a novel or a movie, the comedy comes from taking an irreverent attitude toward things that are usually treated with great seriousness.
a remark which says less about a subject than it deserves or which would be expected. Creates the effect of drawing deliberate attention to the strengths of the subject.
the use of words to convey a meaning other than—usually the opposite of—the literal meaning. It is used humorously to point out a contrast between what the truth of a situation is, and what the situation should really be.
the ability to make quick, clever, and sometimes humorous remarks
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