Who titles their blog post, ‘Jocularity’ ? Either a pretentious snob or a gifted person who had an idea pop into her head and found it perfectly suited for her next post. I’ll let you decide.
The sense of humor of the gifted sort is usually quite unusual. Sure, some of us occasionally enjoy slapstick or (at least parts of) popular comedies, but often we enjoy a laugh with the same intention as solving our problems- we want to figure it out. Now, this may result in more thinking than laughing, but for us, that’s why it’s so darn funny. Humor that challenges us, surprises us. What surprises us, catches us off guard with our defenses down. We so over-analyze everything, that when we’re faced with the unexpected, it’s often humorous.
“The secret to humor is surprise.” ~Aristotle
I wonder if that’s why as a child, I often giggled at funerals. Different=funny. Yes, as you can imagine, it didn’t go over well.
“Have you ever noticed that anyone who drives slower than you is an idiot and anyone who drives faster than you is a maniac? “
~George Carlin (with an example of jocular hilarity)
Therein lies the difference. Having seen a prat fall several times means that a gifted person will file it away and see it coming the next time; thereby eliminating the element of surprise and the chance to find it funny.Yet, if it happens in an unexpected context, it will at least deserve a grin. It’s not that we feign pretentiousness. it just takes something different to make us laugh.We enjoy wit or ‘clever’ humor so much more. If you do evoke some unexpected jocularity, know that we appreciate the chance to have fun just as much as anyone.
Puns are especially humorous for us as they offer dual purposes, to inform and to entertain. By removing words, we get to incorporate more of our thought process which secures our investment. Add a twist and you’ll make us laugh.
The Calculating Sheepdog
After a talking sheepdog gets all the sheep in the pen, he reports back to the farmer: “All 40 accounted for.”
“But I only have 36 sheep,” says the farmer.
“I know,” says the sheepdog. “But I rounded them up.”
~Reader’s Digest submission
Hehe. …appropriate enough for a child, and interesting enough for a gifted adult.
I think this bit of wisdom and humor sums it up:
“Humor is reason gone mad.” ~Grouch Marx