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There is a popular saying anyone can laugh at a good joke If one was to actually ask around heshe would find that this is quite true This is part of the magic of humor Humor as defined by The American Heritage Dictionary is the quality that makes something laughable Laughter can be defined as the co-ordinated contraction of fifteen facial muscles Koestler 29 However that definition tells how one laughs The American Heritage Dictionary explains why we laugh by describing laughter as the expression of delight or happiness So therefore it seems pretty safe to conclude that humor is used to make someone happy But the phenomenon of humor is not that simple There are many different forms of humor used by most everyone on a daily basis Also it would be foolish to image that each person uses the device of humor for the same purpose or in the same manner If this were true everyone would find the same jokes as laughable the same movies as comical and so forth All types of people use humor in all walks of life and that is the true magic of humor The trick is knowing what type of humor is being used given situation and for what reason In this paper I plan to present and explain various types of humor satire witticism etc giving examples when necessary by which I will also explain the different reasons and ways a person uses humor Through this I intend to show that it is undeniable fact that humor plays in important role in the world today and in each individuals daily life As mentioned before there are various types of humor The first that will be discussed is that of puns Puns are one of the most basic forms of humor A pun is commonly defined as a play on words What this means is that there are two ideas connected with a word and both
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