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    What is "a humorous aside"?

    In a reading skill improving textbook, there are often questions like "The third paragraph contains : (A) an emotional appeal (B) a humorous aside (C)...(D)..." .

    What do "a humorous aside" and "an emotional appeal" mean separately?
    Please explain them with easier words. Thanks a million.

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    Re: What is "a humorous aside"?

    A "humorous aside" is a side note, a deviation from the main theme of a piece of writing that provides an amusing fact or idea. It is not necessary for the main theme, but it provides some entertainment and interesting knowledge for the reader.

    An "emotional appeal" is an attempt to get the reader or listener to respond emotionally rather than rationally to the material. Politicians like to do this, they tell stories to get people to think they care and to "convince" them to follow the politician's plan without really examining the plan or whether it will solve the problem.

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    Re: What is "a humorous aside"?

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    Hello, Terrenziqq:

    I was reading my newspaper comic strips this morning when I was reminded of your question.

    Please google these words: Crankshaft by Batiuk and Ayers July 24.

    The first result should read: Crankshaft | comics | Seattle Times. Click on that result.

    Do you see that senior citizen (old man) telling something to that girl? That is an example of an aside.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Re: What is "a humorous aside"?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    Hello, Terrenziqq:

    I was reading my newspaper comic strips this morning when I was reminded of your question.

    Please google these words: Crankshaft by Batiuk and Ayers July 24.

    The first result should read: Crankshaft | comics | Seattle Times. Click on that result.

    Do you see that senior citizen (old man) telling something to that girl? That is an example of an aside.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!
    Hi,

    I didn't get the joke. May you kindly tell me what I missed? What did the woman in pink understand instead of 'labor'?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: What is "a humorous aside"?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    I didn't get the joke. May Would/will/couldyou kindly tell me what I missed? What did the woman in pink understand instead of 'labor'?
    You are not alone.

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    Re: What is "a humorous aside"?

    I just wanted the thread starter to have a visual representation of an "aside."

    Regarding the joke, I don't get it, either. I don't know what the lady heard instead of "labor."

    (An aside: just between you and me, I don't read the comics very carefully. I just read them to find examples of the use of "really," my favorite word.)

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    Re: What is "a humorous aside"?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    What did the woman in pink understand instead of 'labor'?
    I'll hazard a wild guess: Neighbour?
    Dear native English speakers of this forum,
    Please, always point out my grammatical mistakes, assuming you have "the time and the inclination". That is really the most effective way for me to improve. Thank you very much.

    Please note that I am NOT an English teacher.

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