hHu • mor [hyoo-mer]

noun

1. a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement

2. an instance of being or attempting to be comical or amusing; something humorous: The humor in his joke eluded the audience.

3. the stories we laugh at because we are just so happy it is happening to someone else

Writer’s Quotes

“Humor, to be comprehensible to anybody, must be built upon a foundation with which he is familiar. If he can’t see the foundation the superstructure is to him merely a freak” ~ Mark Twain

“A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.” ~ Doug Larson

“Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.” ~ Irvin S. Cobb

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6 Responses to Humor

  1. Cristina says:

    I love that last quote by Irvin S. Cobb (as you know, I tweeted it). I think humor is what’s kept me alive and not totally certifiable. I mean that very sincerely. If I don’t look at tragedy with humor, how could I wake up the next day with a sunny outlook, I can’t! And that’s why my pants are torn 😉

    • Randa Goode says:

      I agree, Cristina! Sometimes in the moment, tragedy takes us by surprise (and it’s not very humorous), but once time distances us from it, be a few minutes, a day, or longer, I think we all have to try to find the humor in things. And like you said, I think that’s the only thing that keeps us sane.

      Thanks for the comment and for the tweet!

  2. Tui Snider says:

    Such great quotes, as always. I wish I could have Mark Twain over for dinner!

    Seeing humor defined reminded me that I always wish that cats and dogs laughed. I wonder what sorts of things animals find funny?

    ~Tui Snider~
    @TuiSnider on Twitter
    My blog: Tui Snider’s Offbeat & Overlooked Travel
    I am also part of the #StoryDam team, a friendly writing community!

    • Randa Goode says:

      I think that would be interesting as well, Tui! I think it would be similar to the strange things that seem to make babies laugh. But who knows? We may be surprised.

  3. I always try to put a little humor in my writing, a joke or two. Of course, I never have any idea if anyone gets some of those jokes, but while I’m writing, they make me giggle.

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

    • randa.goode says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one to do that, Patricia. And I never know if people get it either. Sometimes I imagine people reading it and then the sounds of crickets. Oh well, I had fun writing it. That counts for something, doesn’t it?

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