When researchers found which funny English words made people laugh the most, they basically proved that we're all just unsophisticated 12-year-old kids inside.
Here are the top ten funniest words in the English language, starting with top one. Try not to laugh:
Of course, if the researchers found the funniest words, they also found the least funny words. These may restore your faith in humanity a little. The ten words that people found the least funny were:
Of course, some words are funnier, depending on who you're talking to. Older people and younger ones find different words funny, and so do men and women. What, however, prompted the researchers to look for the funniest words in the English language? Curiosity and an appreciation for humor, of course. They wanted to know if the English language had words that sounded funny even on their own and without context.
The Funny English Words We Laugh at, Though Others Don't
Psychologists at the University of Warwick wanted to know which words hit us right in the funny bone. They gathered 831 participants and showed them over 5,000 random words. The participants had to rate each word they were given on a scale of one to five, with five being the funniest.
Not only did the findings show which words were funniest in general, but also how different people find different things funny. Funny English words like scrotum and buttocks were amusing to both men and women. However, the researchers found that men found sexual words like orgy or bondage funnier than women did, which really isn't surprising. Non-sexual words that men found funny as well were birthmark, brand, chauffeur, doze, buzzard, czar, weld, prod, corn, and raccoon.
Women, meanwhile, found words like giggle, beast, circus, grand, juju, humbug, slicker, sweat, ennui, holder, momma, and sod funnier than others.
Words like goatee, joint, squabble, and gangster tickled participants who were aged 32 or younger. Older participants, however, appreciated the inherent humor in words like squint, jingle, limey, burlesque, pong, and housewife.
While the things and words that we find funny might say a lot about us, it can also say a lot about humor in general. These funny English words may help researchers understand the workings of humor better in the future.
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