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31 мар 2011, 15:13

 American Humor - Fools' Day is coming!
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English Humour vs. American Humor – Is There a Difference?

Humour is a phenomenon which is influenced by culture. It can be difficult to determine what aspects define a certain sense of humour. A nation’s wit is linked to the historical development of the country. How funny somebody finds a certain incident depends on many factors including age, personal experience, level of education and geographical location. Therefore humour is something which is not always transferrable in another country. What somebody from one area may find hilarious may not be amusing at all to somebody from another location. Whether or not someone gets a joke is determined by their interpretation, filtered by the cultural context.

What about when both countries speak the same mother tongue? Does that mean that they will then share the same sense of humour, or can differences still occur? Let’s take the example of Britain and America. Time and time again, people say that Brits and Americans don’t ‘get’ each other’s sense of humour. To what extent is this true, if at all?

It is often argued that one of the most common differences between the British and American sense of humour is that Americans don’t understand irony. Simon Pegg explores this topic in depth in his article What are you laughing at? He concludes that this statement isn’t true and I am inclined to agree with him.

One of the major differences seems to be how often both nations use irony. Brits use irony on a daily basis, whereas it is not the foundation of American humour. I think Americans understand British irony (most of the time anyway!), what they don’t understand is the need to use it so frequently. When Americans use irony they tend to state that they were “only kidding”. They feel the need to make a joke more obvious than Brits do, maybe this stems from a fear of offending people.

The American sense of humour is generally more slapstick than that in Britain. I think this arises from a cultural difference between the two. Their jokes are more obvious and forward, a bit like Americans themselves. British jokes, on the other hand, tend to be more subtle but with a dark or sarcastic undertone. There is usually a hidden meaning. This may stem from the fact that British culture is more reserved than American culture.
Certain American comedies have gained huge success in Britain and vice versa. Therefore, although there are differences between both comic styles, there is still an appreciation and understanding of the other sense of humour. Both the British and America versions of the comedy The Office are hugely successful on both sides of the Atlantic. Both shows have their own cultural differences, yet they portray a lifestyle which both Americans and Brits alike can relate to.

Although both nations have subtle differences in their wit, they can both appreciate the other’s sense of humour. For some great insight into differences between American and British English check out separated by a common language, which served as inspiration for this article.
http://www.lexiophiles.com/english/engl ... difference
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31 мар 2011, 15:14

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Only In America

1. Only in America......can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
2. Only in America......are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
3. Only in America......do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
4. Only in America......do people order double cheese burgers, large fries, and a diet coke.
5. Only in America......do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.
6. Only in America......do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.
7. Only in America......do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first place.
8. Only in America......do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.
9. Only in America.....do we use the word 'politics' to describe the process so well: 'Poli' in Latin meaning 'many' and 'tics' meaning 'bloodsucking creatures'.
10. Only in America......do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.
11. Only in America......can a homeless combat veteran live in a cardboard box and a draft dodger live in the White House. (This was popular when Clinton was in office)

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About blonde
On her way home a dumb blonde drove past a sign that said "CLEAN RESTROOMS 8 MILES". By the time she drove eight miles, she had cleaned 43 restrooms.
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A blonde was driving down the highway to Disneyland when she saw a sign that said "DISNEYLAND LEFT". After thinking for a minute, she said to herself "oh well !" and turned around and drove home.
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Q: What do you call a blonde in an institution of higher learning?
A: A visitor.
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Did you hear about the blonde couple that were found frozen to death in their car at a drive-in movie theater?
They went to see "Closed for the Winter".
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Q: What do you call a dumb blonde behind a steering wheel?
A: An air bag.
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Q: What's the difference between a blonde and a supermarket trolley?
A: The supermarket trolley has a mind of its own.
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Q: Do you know why the blonde got fired from the M&M factory?
A: For throwing out the W's.
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Q: What job function does a blonde have in an M&M factory?
A: Proofreading.
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Q: How did the dumb blonde break her leg raking leaves?
A: She fell out of the tree.
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Q: How do you make a blonde laugh on Monday mornings?
A: Tell them a joke on Friday night!

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31 мар 2011, 15:15

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Questions for discussion

1. Do you like jokes?
2. Are you good at telling jokes or do you know anyone who tells good jokes?
3. Do you always get (understand) the jokes you hear?
4. Are the jokes you hear always funny?
5. What makes a joke funny?
6. Do you understand jokes from other countries or jokes told in English?
7. What is the funniest joke you know?
8. Do you ever think your country’s leaders or sports teams are a joke?
9. Are there times when jokes are bad and should not be told?
10. This is an English joke: Q. What do you call a fish with no eyes?
A. fsh. What do you think of this joke?
11. What kinds of jokes are there in your language?
12. In English there are sick jokes, private jokes, cruel jokes and dirty jokes. What do you think these are?
13. What are jokes in your country usually about?
14. Can you take a joke when someone plays a joke on you?
15. Have you ever done anything that is beyond a joke?
16. Do you laugh at children’s jokes?
17. Do you laugh at your own jokes? Is it OK to do this?
18. In English, there are ‘mother-in-law’ jokes and ‘blonde’ jokes. Are there groups of people in your country that are commonly joked about?
19. Are there racist and sexist jokes in your country? What do you think of them?
20. This is an English joke: Q. What do you call a deer with no eyes?
A. no idea. What do you think of this joke?

Links:
http://www.jokesaboutamericans.com/
http://www.spottedeagle.com/jokes.htm
http://thejokes.co.uk/american-humor.php
http://www.lexiophiles.com/english/engl ... difference

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