EDMONTON – Ever asked why some words can cause you to hurt milk through your nose or why little children love to run around shouting some other people?
Two of the University of Alberta researchers say they have analyzed what's doing a bit of funny words.
"Nobody has done a great deal of work by giving pre-knowledge to experience beforehand," said Chris Westbury, a University of Alberta psychologist. "One of the reasons why they were not willing to go low enough."
Westbury is a co-author of a paper that was recently published with the title "Wriggly, Squiffy, Lummox, and Boobs: What makes some Words Greann" in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. Your search may be the first to break down what makes us & # 39; bankruptcy.
Like all major sciences, it will build on previous research.
By former federal government, Westbury said that a science-related illness caused him free to do something poor.
"I thought people would think I was spending their money if I did this."
He had noticed that people often smile with words that did not have a word, so he went to his face; look for patterns. Hair like "snunkoople", for example, was more suited to pull a smile than something like an "x-attack".
"We could be incredibly good by finding out what words people get comic" Westbury said.
On the strength of that research, a British paper was issued to analyze the statistical analysis used to rate the atmosphere of almost 5,000 words. The latest things, thought Westbury, but why were those words so funny?
Some of the best minds of the western society have asked the same question.
Plato and Aristotle, Westbury's writing, argue that the humor is a come out and every guitar has a barrier. A Roman-state person, Cicero, said a laughter was uncomfortable – the gift gag, for example.
The 27-page Westerbury paper provides a 2,500-year literary review of philosophical attempts to getting a war. Perhaps this is the only academic document called Danish Danish experts Soren Kierkegaard, author of the book "Fear and Treasadh," and Broadway drama, Niall Simon, who gave us "The New Right".
But nobody has been successful, Westbury holds.
"There are no real theories in any of these theories. They are defining."
He wanted to be able to predict what was found by funny people. In order to do so, he and his colleague Geoff Hollis decided to focus on their most widespread funny genre.
"Single words? It's not a funny thing, but although it's not funny, it's pretty complicated."
As a funny word, find it, there is a mixture of two reasons – sound and meaning.
By using very good statistical analysis of three billion word words on Google, they found words that would be likely to be in a position; laughter is often related to nature, physical activity, good times, animals and bad creatures.
But that is not enough. They also have to be funny pronunciation.
If the "oo" sound, found in 17.4 per cent of the words that was considered so funny, that's good. So it's hard "kay" or end in "by." There are also double cartoons.
Westbury confirms its results by using them to tell how funny people would be. find a word given.
"I was ashamed of how well we can predict a preliminary statement."
Interestingly, age and gender did not make a difference in what people felt sad. Culture was, however, doing.
"I am a graduate student in Iran and he did not find it really funny than the words we got funny.
"She said," I find those things something rough. "I said," Sorry, that's the culture you are now. ""
Westbury recognizes that its analysis says a bit about irritation, satire, or more advanced steps. But he said that a light shed had a laughter that gave light to what he was doing; mean to be human.
Even even a patient's value can even be. Westbury said that some scientists have noted that it is a reward for a & # 39; think out of the box and be creative; in an endorphic ghost that comes from a smile.
"We will analyze what matters to us."
The 10 most common words in English from a sample of almost 45,000?
Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, warnings, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball and jiggly.
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Bob Weber, The Canadian Media