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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay

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Let's talk about humor

What is humor to you? How important is it in your life? How many kinds of it you came across? And lastly, what is that 'cultural' sense of humor?
I am asking because I have seen people requiring to explain it to others.

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    Nov 30 2013: Humor is an essential part of human life, and even more in social life. It is very important.

    I think much humor has some shared elements.
    but there are categories to be made

    - practical jokes (a trick you perform yourself or letting somebody do something that is unusual and surprising or makes him look silly)
    - humor about human weaknesses (can be very rude or border discrimination or pestering, most slap-stick)
    - situation or conversational humor: often referring to inside information earlier in the conversation, or exaggerations or play of words.
    - play of words: messing with the meaning or innuendo
    - jokes: the ones with a story and a pun
    - obscenity or taboos: a way to talk about it or to break the taboo around it
    - non-verbal jokes: visual or tactile or olfactory (though they seem to be rare)
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