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Humorous Words [Top 10] In English

Humerous Words

Today the word humor implies laughter to all of us. However, it was not, originally, meant to refer to something funny.

The ancient physicians believed in four types of bodily fluids called humor – black bile (melancholy), yellow bile (choleric), phlegm (lethargic) and blood (sanguine) with respect to the four elements – earth, fire, water, and air.

The personality of a human being is defined by one predominant humor over the other three fluids. Let us offer ourselves a Fun Spot or a Fun Zone to discover the top ten humorous words in English and smile our way through.

Some of the famous English literary works based on these reigning humor in man are by Shakespeare and Ben Jonson.

In The Article

1

Humour

This section is going to deal with the word humor as understood in the present context.

  • The origin of the word is Old French humor from Latin -> Middle Englishhumor.
  • It is a noun and it is pronounced as hueme.
  • The Cambridge, the Oxford and the Merriam-Webster Dictionaries define the term as something that is designed to be funny or comical; the quality of being amusing as well.

Usage in sentences:

  • It is advisable for a boss to keep the employees in good humor at whatever cost if the company needs to see a considerable profit.
  • We may say that the play was so humorously scripted that the audience kept rolling with laughter till the end.

2

Comic

  • It has its origin in Greek komikos from komos (revel) ->Latincomicus ->L.comic -> English comic.
  • It is an adjective and it is pronounced as komik.
  • The Cambridge, the Oxford and the Merriam-Webster Dictionariesnutshell the term to something funny that causes laughter.

Usage in sentences:

  • Jim Carrey is one of the most popular comic actors, I would say, in the whole world.
  • The comic strips featuring in the supplements of the newspapers offer a light-hearted reading.
  • Some people become famous just for the comic sense in them that gets revealed mostly during their conversations with their friends or while giving some speech to a larger audience.

3

Whimsical

  • The word-origin of whimsical is whim-wham (a trinket), an early 16th-century term, the origin of which is unknown.
  • It is an adjective and it is pronounced as wimzikel.
  • The Cambridge, the Oxford and the Merriam-Webster Dictionaries sum the term as anything that is quaint, fanciful, strange or unusual.

The psychologists, in general, consider four types of ‘play’ personality:

  • The Other-directed like to fool around with friends and acquaintances.
  • For the Light-hearted ones, life as such is a game.
  • The Intellectuals play with their thoughts and ideas to make interesting monotonous stuff.
  • The Whimsical is interested in anything strange and unusual and gets amused by small things.

Below are listed some of the well-known works that are whimsical in nature:

  • Luna Lovegood in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series;
  • Alice in Alice in Wonderland;
  • Cassie Ainsworth in the TV series ‘Skins’; and
  • Catherine Howard in the TV series ‘The Tudors’ is considered to be the four most wonderfully whimsical characters in the fictional products.
  • William Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew is an example of a whimsical comedy that deals with courtship and goes on to deal more with life after the wedding, unlike his other comedies Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream that usually conclude with happy wedlock.

Usage in sentences:

  • I tell you I have never come across such a whimsical being in my life so far.
  • To drive out the drudgery of monotonous life, it is advisable to try a hand at some whimsical games or fantasies every now and then.

4

Hilarious

  • The origin of the word is from Greek hilaros -> Latin hilaris-> early 19th century English – hilarious.
  • It is an adjective and it is pronounced as hilaries.
  • The Cambridge, the Oxford and the Merriam-Webster Dictionaries opine that the term refers to something that is extremely amusing and funny.

Usage in sentences:

  • The hilarious moments with crazy friends are something to be treasured for a lifetime.
  • The movie is as such average stuff, but for the hilarious interventions of the comedians.
  • Google search offers quite a lot of hilarious jokes, quotes, images, stories, movies, and memes. Let us go bonkers with a few of them.

Hilarious jokes:

  • When my wife starts to sing I always go out and do some garden work so our neighbors can see there’s no domestic violence going on.
  • A nice old lady offers a friend of his grandson some peanuts. He’s happy to take some. He asks her after a while why she isn’t having any herself.“Oh, young man,” she says, “they’re too hard on my poor teeth, I couldn’t.”“Why did you buy them at all then?” wonders the driver.“You see, I just love the chocolate they’re covered in!”
  • Two fortune tellers meet. The second one says, “We’re going to have a cold winter again.” The first one sighs happily: “Yes, it reminds me of the winter in 2075…”

Hilarious Quotes:

  • Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. – Jim Carrey
  • A day without sunshine is like, you know, night. – Steve Martin
  • Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. – George Burns

Let me also have a hand in this contribution of hilarity:

  • When I was small I was always taken for a ride, not on a horse; you understand what I mean?!
  • Though I scream for an ice-cream, my people only complain of my screaming but never make an attempt to get me even one scoop.
  • It is quite advisable for the student community to stare at the wall than to stare at your teacher.

Hilarious Stories:

A sample from Reader’s Digest:

 Lauren: Dad, do you know what the most commonly used letter in a girl’s name is?

 Me: Hmm, is it a consonant or a vowel? (Silence.) Please tell me you know what consonants and vowels are.

 Lauren: You’re no fun, Dad. Forget it.

 Me: What is a vowel?

 Lauren: OK, OK. A vowel is … ahh … eh … well, oh … uh …

 Me: Close enough.

           –by Robert Alvarez, author of   Blonde Moments: Life with a Blonde Teenage Daughter

Hilarious Movies:

As for the Hilarious Movies, I would recommend The Crazy series that came during the 1980s and 90s.

I remember the whole audience in the theatre went rolling with laughter. Such hilarity abounds such films like The Gods Must Be Crazy and The Crazy Boys.

Charlie Chaplin and Mr. Bean have their contributions as well.

Hilarious Meme: 

He could tell you about your dead girlfriend, but he just doesn’t feel like it right now.

5

Farcical

  • The origin of the word is Old French farcir from Latinfarcire (to stuff) ->MiddleFrench farce meant a comic interlude in a mystery play.
  • It is an adjective and it is pronounced as faasikel.
  • The Cambridge, the Oxford and the Merriam-Webster Dictionariesregard the term as a ridiculous or a ludicrous idea/situation.

Usage in sentences:

  • How farcical your actions are?
  • Your farcical ideas shall suit any film based on comedy.
  • In literature, farce is a type of comedy that abounds with funny situations that would have the audience in splits. On a serious note, generally, the farce comedies have satirical elements and are aimed at mocking at the follies and foibles of mankind.
  •  The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare;
  • She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith;
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

6

Absurd

  • The origin of the word is Latinabsurdus (out of tune), and therefore, absurd is irrational in English.
  • It is an adjective/noun and it is pronounced as absed.
  • The Cambridge, the Oxford and the Merriam-Webster Dictionaries dismiss the term as unreasonable, inappropriate and silly.

Usage in sentences:

  • Do not feel bad if people laugh at your absurd behavior.
  • As absurd as he is, his absurdity gets reflected in his works.
  • Any contemptuous behavior/action or a silly idea may be absurd. Though the word itself sounds light and simple it has always carried a heavy connotation.
  •  In the English Literature evolved The Theatre of the Absurd that dealt with the ‘idea of existentialism’. For example, Samuel Beckett’sWaiting for Godot and End Game remain popular still as absurd plays.
  •  Quite interestingly, ‘Absurdism’ is a philosophical perspective that holds the efforts of humanity to find the meaning of existence in the universe.
  • It is a curious factor that madness or foolishness is at close heels with a philosophical perspective.
  • We are familiar with failures in love resulting in madness which, in turn, elevates a person to the level of a philosopher.

7

Witty

  • The origin of the word is Old Englishwittig-> Middle Englishwitti -> Modern Englishwitty.
  • It is an adjective and it is pronounced as witi.
  • The Cambridge, the Oxford and the Merriam-Webster Dictionariessum up the term as something amusingly clever, intelligent and wise.

Usage in sentences:

  • Both these friends are known for their witty repartee.
  • Your witty response shall fetch you the job, I bet.

Here are a few witty laughs from the internet:

  • When the Past, the Present, and the Future walked into a bar the situation was tense.
  • What do you call people who do not believe in going to the gym? – Gymnastics.
  • What’s your name?

My name is Bond… James Bond. And may I know your name, please?

My name is Samy… SubramaniaSamy… Siva SubramaniaSamy… Salem Siva SubramaniaSamy… !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

William Shakespeare makes use of ordinary people in his plays to represent the characters of Fools. These Fools or Clowns are enriched with witty thoughts that get reflected in their witty utterances. They use this power to drive home a message apart from providing comic relief.

The best of Shakesperean witty characters are:

  • Fool in King Lear;
  • Feste(Clown) in Twelfth Night;
  • Launce and Speed in Two Gentlemen of Verona;
  • Pompey in Measure for Measure;
  • Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The following are some of the interesting quotes by the Fools and the Clowns in Shakespeare’s plays:

  • Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. –Feste, Twelfth Night(I.5.328)
  • If men could be contented to be what they are, there was no fear of marriage. –Clown, All’s Well That Ends Well (I.3.372)
  • Thou hadst little wit in thy bald crown when thou gavest thy golden one away. If I speak like myself in this, let him be whipped that first finds it so.

(sings)

Fools had ne’er less wit in a year,

For wise men are grown foppish.

They know not how their wits to wear,                                                                                  

Their manners are so apish.                                       – Fool, King Lear (I.4.155)

In India, we have Akbar – Birbal, Krishnadevaraya – Tenali Rama running parallel to the English combo of the Kings and the Fools.

8

Wacky

  • The origin of the word is from English whack(n. a blow/strike) ->whacky (n. a fool) ->Mid 19th c. English –wacky, probably a British slang.
  • It is an adjective and it is pronounced as waki.
  • The Cambridge, the Oxford, and the Merriam-Webster Dictionaries define the term as something funny in a strange, unusual, peculiar way.

Usage in sentences:

  • An eccentric person does a lot of wacky things in life that amuses his people around.
  • Quite interestingly, Sean Young, Russell Crowe, Angelina Jolie are few of the actors who have been displaying wacky qualities in their everyday affairs.
  • Wacky Races is a popular American animated T.V. series inspired by 1965 comedy film The Great Race.

9

Facetious

  1. The origin of the word is from Latin facetus/facetia->French facetie/facetieux -> English – facetious.
  2. It is an adjective and it is pronounced as fesishes.
  3. The Cambridge, the Oxford and the Merriam-Webster Dictionaries define the term as flippant, joking, funny, waggish that is not meant to be taken seriously.

Usage in sentences:

  • Your facetious nature is going to remove you from people.
  • Would you be facetious in your remark about my way of dressing?

Facetious comments:

You see, sometimes your response sounds stupid, I mean, though not always!

The cats are a menace to the society until the rats appear.

The refrigerator preserves foodstuff not meant to be preserved for good health.

Examples from the internet:

Maybe if the unemployed got some jobs they wouldn’t be so poor!

Do you think Adam had a belly button?

Getting caught in the rain without an umbrella and saying, “Guys, I sure love the weather today!”

10

Zany

  • The origin of the word is French zanior Italian Zanni ->Late 16th c. English – zany.
  • There’s an old character in comedies from the 15th through the 19th centuries who always had the Italian name Gianni, or Giovanni, another form of which was “Zanni” — from which we get the adjective zany.
  • Gianni is Hebrew (Gian, a version of John) in origin that means ‘God is gracious’.
  • It is an adjective/a noun and it is pronounced as zeini.
  • The Cambridge, the Oxford and the Merriam-Webster Dictionaries relate the term to a clown with a strange, amusing, humorous behavior.

Usage in sentences:

  • The zany tricks adopted by the opposition shall fizzle out in no time.
  • Most of us prefer a zany talk to laugh away our cares.


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