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    English humour

    What is English humour? I really do no know more about it? Is it used in people's daily life only, like a joke? MORE EXAMPLES...

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    Re: English humour

    I'm not a teacher!

    Quote Originally Posted by pffert View Post
    What is English humour? I really do no know more about it? MORE EXAMPLES...
    humour= situations, speech, jokes, pictures, cartoons or writings that are thought to be funny. If e.g. particular songs, books or movies consist of humorous stories, situations etc., they are part of humour either. English humour is an art of humour, which is spoken, written, or done in English and supposed to be understood by native speakers. By the way humour as such is objective. One can find some joke funny, the other one can find it stupid and not funny at all. It's possible to translate English humour into other languages. But sometimes it doesn't work at all. That's why we define it as English humour because it could be totally understood only if you speak this language. E.g. on "Friends", which is a famous and popular TV-Show, Phoebe comes into a room and drops a box of cereal down. Chandler calls her "serial killer". It's funny because both words 'cereal' and 'serial' sound alike. But try to translate this joke. It's impossible. So this is English homour. You can figure some jokes out only if you speak English. And you have to be familiar with English culture, history, state of mind, characters, politics, literature etc...

    Quote Originally Posted by pffert View Post
    Is it used in people's daily life only, like a joke?
    Actually everything is used in people's daily life only. And humour is not an exception.
    Last edited by Nicky_K; 12-May-2012 at 02:21.

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    Re: English humour

    Humour is very different all over the world. When you said "English humour", did you specifically mean "the humour used in England, the country", or "humour in the English language (from any English-speaking nation)"?

    Some English humour is different from Scottish humour and from Welsh humour and from Irish humour and from American humour etc etc. Of course, there are some things which are just funny all over the world or all over one country.

    The British use a lot of sarcasm. Historically, we also used slapstick a lot (personally, I don't find it at all funny).

    In the UK, we have some stereotypical views of other nations' sense of humour. For example, many Brits think the Germans use a lot of "toilet humour", that the French have no sense of humour, that Americans use very obvious joke-type humour, that the Irish are just generally funny people with an instantly amusing accent, that Scottish comedians swear a lot, and many other assumptions.

    Humour in anything other than one's native language is generally very difficult to grasp. One of my friends has lived in Spain for over ten years and speaks and understands Spanish perfectly. However, he still doesn't enjoy going to comedy clubs, or to see stand-up comedians because he can't really grasp the nuances and frequently wonders why all the Spaniards are laughing!

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