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Humour terms

Definition Term
A recurrent character found throughout literature such as the hero who goes on a quest or the big bad wolf Archetype
The comic advisor gives uncalled for advice in a punch prototype. Ex: advice for people who want to buy a puppy: don’t Adviser
Any interesting event, either having to do with a celebrity or something smaller, that helps the humorist make a point. Are great for the speaker and writer Anecdotes
A thought added as if something the speaker was saying reminded him of it Aside
Good natured teasing back and forth; exchange of witty remarks Banter
Not appropriate for the public speaker. Humour based on easily offensive subjects like making love, body parts, and bodily functions. Blue humour
A humorous statement that is based on an outrageous contradiction. Ex: the best people have never had kids Bull
A form of satire. Ridicules any basic style of speech or writing Burlesque
Exaggeration of a persons mental, physical, or personality traits, in wisecrack form Caricature
A word puzzle that can’t be solved because the answer is a pun. Ex: why do cows wear bells? Their horns don’t work. Conundrum
Extreme exaggeration ex: my mom made enough food to feed an army Hyperbole
Short story ending with a funny climactic twist Ex: what do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef Joke
Is the incorrect use of a word in the place of a word with a similar sound and sometimes creates a humorous new meaning Malapropism
Is a rhetorical device that combines two words that are opposite in meaning Ex: hot ice Oxymoron
A joke put into action. The trick is played on another person and the humour comes from what happens Practical joke
Is a simpler form of humour; a humorous version of any well known writing Parody
A form of word play which suggests two or more meanings, or of similar sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect Pun
Is defined as the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to reveal undesirable aspects of people or society Satire
Is an exaggerated form of irony that is intended to ridicule. Vocal comments are often delivered slowly and with exaggerated pronunciation Sarcasm
A Character who conforms to a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image Stereotype
Genre of humour which involves a character or comedian making foolish mistakes, which seem humorous to others Blunder
A comedy that is based on topics that the general public may find strongly offensive. Such as death, crime, religion, etc. Sub genres are satire and farce Dark comedy
Created by: HayleyJanes



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