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    black humor

    1) Some people tend to blink their eyes heavily & uncontrollably in a few seconds interval. I know this is some sort of problem in the nerve. May I know how do we describe this kind of behavious in a common way of expression?

    2) What does it mean of black humor?

    3) "There was a journalist Tsao's muscue in referring to the Philippines as a "nation of servants in his magazine column. Now comes actor Jackie Chan controversial comments on freedom. As with Tsao, there is again the lesson to be learned from the Chan episode : thread carefully when you speak"

    What does it mean of thread here?

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    Re: black humor

    Hi ju,

    Quote Originally Posted by ju
    1) Some people tend to blink their eyes heavily & uncontrollably in a few seconds interval. I know this is some sort of problem in the nerve. May I know how do we describe this kind of behavious behavior in a common way of expression?
    The word tic describes the condition that you describe here.


    Quote Originally Posted by ju
    2) What does it mean of black humor?? the phrase "black humor" mean?
    Black humor is humor that pokes at serious or taboo topics, (e.g., death, war, terminal illness). Please see this wiki article, Black Comedy, for more.


    Quote Originally Posted by ju
    3) "There was a journalist Tsao's muscue in referring to the Philippines as a "nation of servants in his magazine column. Now comes actor Jackie Chan controversial comments on freedom. As with Tsao, there is again the lesson to be learned from the Chan episode : thread carefully when you speak"

    What does it mean of thread the word "thread" mean here?
    Are you sure that you haven't misspelled the word in question here? The word thread doesn't really make sense here; tread, however, used in a metaphorical sense within the passage you've quoted, does.

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    Re: black humor

    For an excellent understanding of "black humour" or "black comedy" I recommend the film MASH by Robert Altman.

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    Re: black humor

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    For an excellent understanding of "black humour" or "black comedy" I recommend the film MASH by Robert Altman.
    Yes. If there's a better example of black comedy in film, I've yet to see it.

    In literature, Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance With Death, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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    Re: black humor

    Thanks Monty I'll have to look that one up. And read it. No doubt you know Heller's Catch-22.

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    Re: black humor

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Thanks Monty I'll have to look that one up. And read it. No doubt you know Heller's Catch-22.
    Yes! And the film of the same title (adapted, of course, from Heller's novel), directed by Mike Nichols is a classic in its own right.

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