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    Nordic Bill is offline Member
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    Black or dark?

    Which is the more widely used expression? Black humour or Dark humour?

    Here I am referring to eg. Helen Keller jokes, et al, or that macabre form of humour that seems to surface in the wake of a major disaster, spawning a series of tasteless jokes (supposedly as a means of cushioning ourselves against the shock delivered by the disaster).

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    Re: Black or dark?

    I am in Australia and am not familiar with either of these terms. Both sound politically incorrect in any case.

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    Re: Black or dark?

    I wouldn't say the expressions themselves are politically incorrect per se, although they are meant to describe politically incorrect jokes, references, etc.

    They are apparently fairly widely used but, as I mentioned previously, it is possible that only one of them is considered correct English.

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    Re: Black or dark?

    I hear dark most often. In America, black humor would be confused with jokes by or about black people. We have a Black History Month, a TV network called Black Entertainment Television, and hunderds of other instances where black means a person of African descent.

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    Re: Black or dark?

    Thanks very much for the help on that one, mykwyner. I was really in doubt about what to use and sometimes a general Google search just isn't enough. Glad there are people out there I can ask!

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