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    sense of humor

    Hi there,
    After struggling to find out the meaning of "sense of humor", finally I could find the meaning, but I think I didn't get the meaning so well. So, I need some help from you.
    Well, sense of humor means to be able to see things as funny. I don't understand if it means positive or negative. Could you please provide some situations where we use like "She's got a great sense of humor." etc.

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    Re: sense of humor

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    Hello, UM Chakma:

    I just wanted to remind you that perhaps a "sense of humor" depends on a particular culture.

    Is there a universal sense of humor? In my opinion, probably not.

    Whenever I look at the popular American TV comedy "Friends," I often wonder how much of the humor (especially the nuances) can be understood by non-English-speaking people. I feel that subtitles or dubbing can never convey certain ideas or feelings that only Americans can truly appreciate.

    Maybe a sense of humor basically involves NOT taking oneself too seriously. I sincerely feel that there are some people who do NOT have a sense of humor. Or their sense of humor is very different from that of most other people.

    If you have been following the presidential candidates in the United States, you will have noticed that some of them are joking about whether or not one of them has real hair. And one candidate just recently joked that the color of her hair is NOT natural. I suspect that in some cultures, politicians would never, ever engage in such "humorous" talk.

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    It often means that people don't take themselves too seriously and can enjoy a joke at their expense.

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    #4

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    Having a good "sense of humor" is a good thing.

    Making inappropriate use of humor is not.

    I have never seen "She has a good sense of humor" us anything other than a positive statement.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It often means that people don't take themselves too seriously and can enjoy a joke at their expense.
    Someone I know only laughs at the expense of others. I don't think English has a word to specifically describe that type of humour, but I know that German has the word schadenfreude, meaning something like "malicious joy".

    Does anyone know an English word for that type of sense of humour?

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    Thank you Rover,

    I have learnt something tonight. Strange that I knew the German word and not the English one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Usage notes(from the linked site)


    • The word is mentioned in some early dictionaries, but there is little or no evidence of actual usage until it was picked up by various "interesting word" websites around the turn of the twenty-first century.

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    "Schadenfreude" is usually what we say in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    It appears that epicaricacy gets little action.

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