What's so amazing, or better said, strange about the word interloper. So far, I've seen some natives joke about it.
Is it the meaning or the pronunciation, or maybe the style (which is more formal than the words used in spoken language) that triggers such a reaction?
I agree with Raymott that there's nothing intrinsically amusing about the word. It is not a word used much in everyday speech, so it might appear a bit strange in a very colloquial context, but I wouldn't have thought that would make it amusing.
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I believe an American can tell us more about it. It should have something to do with culture.
Last night, when I was watching a talk show, I saw a short funny debate on the word again; the guys involved showed an unusual reaction to it. But why?
In another case (I think it was a sitcom), one of the characters used the word, while he had other choices like intruder, trespasser etc.
The imaginary audience burst into laughter?
So, as everybody agrees, it should be a situation-based joke and nothing beyond that.
Apparently the best explanation is a clash of style. Sentences can be grammatically or semantically correct and meaningful, but sometimes they can be pragmatically or stylistically deviant (and that aberration causes laughter).
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I think the editors have to press the laughter button a certain number of times per minute so that the audience does not catch on that the show isn't really that funny.