Kenneth, would you agree to rephrase as "pleasant at least in part"?
Bitter irony is still humour in my book, even if the cutting edge bites
deep. Similarly for so-called "disgust humour". I'm not sure if the
pleasantness needs to dominate, but it certainly can combine with
non-pleasant emotions and thoughts.
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From: "KENNETH CARPENTER" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 10:50 AM
Subject: Re: [HUMOUR-RESEARCH] Re; Humor and not humor
Do you agree that if the experience is not pleasant then it is not humor?
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From: "Jim Lyttle, Ph..D." <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2008 2:04:04 PM
Subject: Re: Re; Humor and not humor
Tickling does not count as humor.
A "humourous situation per se" is precisely what we aim to define.
Although the quest is difficult, we all have a sense of what you meant
when you referred to a "humorous situation per se" and that is
precisely what we are here to define: not fun, not laughter, not
thrills, not joy, not dendrite firings ...