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that's not funny, young lady
Up on the platform, funny is frowned upon. It's ok to be amusing or droll, but generally speaking, seriousness is the order of the moment. That's why the President doesn't begin a news conference in the Rose Garden with, I just flew in from the Middle East, and boy, are my arms tired!
A little humor is acceptable, but it should be humor of a certain type. It must not be: crude, offensive, graphic, overtly sexual in nature, or cruel. On the other hand, it may be: suggestive, critical, mildly sarcastic, or mocking.
Humor is rarely the pattern for a whole piece (a speech, essay, newspaper article), unless it is a convention of the genre or characteristic of the artist. Examples: Dave Barry's columns, Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story" pieces.
What is the most highly prized type of humor in PE? The pun. It's perfect for the Platform, because it is entirely verbal. It achieves its effect only through the mediation of language, specifically, through appreciating the multiple meanings of words.
lol, haha, yuk yuk, tee hee
This word comes into English through Old French drôle and is almost certainly related to an Old Norse word, troll, meaning 'giant' or 'troll.'
From the French amuser 'to divert the attention or beguile.' When we first stole it from French, it meant 'to deceive or cheat.' There was a parallel form, bemuse, which was less negative, and which still retains more of the French sense of amuser. The current sense of 'funny' seems to have developed in the early 1600s.
This is such a new word that it doesn't even appear in Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary, published in 1961. That's the gigantic, tan-colored, sewn binding, unabridged monster in public libraries (if you can still find one that's open).
*approved for PE
**forbidden for PE!