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Anthology of Black Humor (1940) - André Breton [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK] more ...

Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1968) - Gershon Legman [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK] more ...

The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious (1905) - Sigmund Freud [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK] more ...


Humour (humor in American English) is a form of entertainment and a form of human communication, intended to make people laugh and feel happy. The origins of the word "humour" lie in the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which stated that a mix of fluids, or humours, controlled human health and emotion.

Different types of humour which appeal to different sectors of humanity exist – for instance, young children particularly favour slapstick, while satire tends to appeal more to the older and better-educated. Humour often varies by locality and does not easily transfer from one culture to another. This happens because humour often relies on a context, and someone not understanding the context will usually not understand the humour. Various techniques serve to deliver humour. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humour [Jul 2004]

Stith Thompson classification of humor

Here is what I believe the Stith Thompson classification of humor

The folklore scholar Gershon Legman devoted several pages to the French conte-en-vers genre in an article entitled "Toward a Motif-Index of Erotic Humor." Legman underlined the significance of this genre in the context of folklore research:

The conte-en-vers is therefore the real connecting link between the earlier folktale collections and the modern scientific collections, and is the real repository of the native and original humorous material for nearly two centuries (1650-1850), where little of an original nature and almost nothing native will be found in the jestbooks. The entire literature of the conte-en-vers, whether dated from the burlesque and Aretinesque academies of the 1550's in Italy, or from La Fontaine's contes, "tires de Boccace" as he perfectly frankly admits, in the 1660's ... represents in sum an exceptionally large repertory of jokes and tales, purposely sought from the folk at a period when the jestbooks were already forgetful or contemptuous of folk sources, and far gone in sterile mutual plagiarism (Legman 1962, 237).

... Thousands of obscene motifs in which there is no point but the obscenity itself might logically come at this point, but they are entirely beyond the scope of the present work. They form a literature to themselves, with its own periodicals and collections. In view of the possibility that it might become desirable to classify these motifs and place them within the present index, space has been left from X700 to X749 for such motifs (Thompson 1955-8, 5:514). --Catherine Grise via [1]


X0     – X99.       Humor of discomfiture
             X0.    Humor of discomfiture

X100– X199.     Humor of disability
            X100.Humor of disability
            X110.Humor of deafness
            X120.Humor of bad eyesight
            X130.Other physical disabilities


X200– X299.     Humor dealing with tradesmen
            X200.Humor dealing with tradesmen
            X210.Jokes about millers
            X220.Jokes about tailors
            X230.Jokes about butchers
            X240.Jokes about cobblers (shoemakers)
            X250.Jokes about other artisans and tradesmen

X300– X499.     Humor dealing with professions
            X300.Humor dealing with professions
            X310.Jokes on lawyers
            X330.Jokes on magistrates
            X350.Jokes on teachers
            X370.Jokes on scholars
            X410.Jokes on parsons
            X460.Humor concerning other professions

X500– X599.     Humor concerning other social classes
            X500.Humor concerning other social classes
            X510.Jokes concerning usurers
            X520.Jokes concerning prostitutes
            X530.Jokes concerning beggars
            X540.Jokes on madmen
            X550.Jokes on secret societies

X600– X699.    Humor concerning races or nations
            X600.Humor concerning races or nations
            X610.Jokes concerning Jews
            X650.Jokes concerning other races or nations
            X680.Jokes concerning various cities

X700– X799.     Humor concerning sex
            X700.Humor concerning sex
            X750.Jokes on old maids
            X760.Jokes on courtship

X800– X899.     Humor based on drunkenness
            X800.Humor based on drunkenness


X910– X1099.     Lie: the remarkable man
      X910– X959.Lie: the remarkable man: his birth, growth, death,
                              physical powers, strength
            X910.Lie: the remarkable man
            X920.Lie: the large man
            X930.Lie: remarkable person’s physical powers and habits
            X940.Lie: remarkably strong man
      X960– X1019.Lie: remarkable person’s skills
            X960.Lie: remarkable person’s skills
            X980.Lie: occupational or professional skills
            X1010.Lie: remarkable mental skills
      X1020– 1079. Remarkable man’s extraordinary possessions
            X1020.Lie: remarkable possessions of remarkable man
            X1030.Lie: remarkable buildings
            X1060.Lie: other possessions of remarkable man
            X1070.Extraordinary man’s family
      X1080– X1099.Lie: occupations of remarkable man

X1100– X1199.     Lie: great hunters and fishermen
            X1100.Lie: the remarkable hunter
            X1110.Lie: the wonderful hunt
            X1120.Lie: the great marksman
            X1130.Lie: hunter’s unusual experiences
            X1150.Lies about fishing

X1200– X1399.     Lies about animals
            X1200.Lie: remarkable animals
            X1210.Lies about mammals
            X1250.Lies about birds
            X1280.Lies about insects
            X1300.Lies about fish
            X1320.Lies about reptiles
            X1340.Lie: extraordinary amphibia and other animals
            X1370.Lies about imaginary animals

X1400– X1499.     Lies about plants, fruits, vegetables and trees
            X1400.Lies about plants, fruits, vegetables and trees
            X1410.Lies about fruits
            X1420.Lies about vegetables
            X1450.Lies about field crops
            X1470.Lies about trees
            X1480.Lies about flowers
            X1490.Lie: miscellaneous plant motifs

X1500– X1599.     Lies about geography and topography
            X1500.Lies about geography and topography
            X1510.Lies about land features
            X1520.Lies about mountains and hills
            X1530.Lies about remarkable soil
            X1540.Lies about water features
            X1550.Geography and topography – miscellaneous motifs
            X1560.Lies about cities

X1600– X1699.     Lies about weather and climate
            X1600.Lies about weather and climate
            X1610.Lies about winds and storms
            X1620.Lies about cold weather
            X1630.Lies about hot weather
            X1640.Lies about dry weather
            X1650.Lies about precipitation and dampness
            X1660.Lies about climate

X1700– X1799.     Lies: logical absurdities
            X1700.Lies: logical absurdities
            X1710.Lies about numbers
            X1720.Absurd disregard of anatomy
            X1740.Absurd disregard of natural laws
            X1750.Absurd disregard of the nature of objects
            X1760.Absurd disregard of the nature of non-material things
            X1780.Absurdity based on the nature of the object
            X1790.Other logical absurdities

X1800– X1899.     Miscellaneous lies and exaggerations
            X1800.Miscellaneous lies and exaggerations
            X1810.Tall tales about miscellaneous objects
            X1850.Other tall tales

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