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    Default A subversive sense of humour

    What is it? Is it black humour? Sarcastic humour?
    subversive = “trying to destroy or damage something, especially an established political system” [Cambridge Dictionary], “secret and intended to damage or destroy a government or an established system” [Longman]

    Does the word "subversive" have some of the above meaning when used to descibe a kind of sense of humour? Does it necessarily have to do with politics?

    If you were to give a definition to "subversive sense of humour" as in a dictionary, what definition would you give?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    Default Re: A subversive sense of humour

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    What is it? Is it black humour? Sarcastic humour?
    subversive = “trying to destroy or damage something, especially an established political system” [Cambridge Dictionary], “secret and intended to damage or destroy a government or an established system” [Longman]

    Does the word "subversive" have some of the above meaning when used to descibe a kind of sense of humour? Does it necessarily have to do with politics?

    If you were to give a definition to "subversive sense of humour" as in a dictionary, what definition would you give?
    See definition 2: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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    Default Re: A subversive sense of humour

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    Sorry, but one more question - is it closer to irony or sarcasm (as you view it)?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    Default Re: A subversive sense of humour

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Sorry, but one more question - is it closer to irony or sarcasm (as you view it)?
    The following location may help you: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...-vs-irony.html

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    Default Re: A subversive sense of humour

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Sorry, but one more question - is it closer to irony or sarcasm (as you view it)?
    I would say a combination of the two.

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