Scientists have discovered that some made-up words such as subvick, bollyze and quingel are far more amusing than others。 This is because people find nonsense words with uncommon letter combinations more unexpected and humorous than those words with probable sequences of letters。
A study, led by a team from the department of psychology at the University of Alberta, Canada, examined the theory that some nonsense words are funnier than others。 The team used a computer programme to generate thousands of random nonsense words。
百家乐技巧Any words that sounded the same as real words were removed from the test. Students were asked to compare two non-words and select the option they considered more humorous.
In the second part, they were shown a single non-word and asked to rate how humorous they found it on a scale from one to 100。 Researchers discovered that some words such as blabesoc were indeed funnier than other non-words, like anotain。
Researchers discovered that some words such as blabesoc were indeed funnier than other non-words, like anotain。 Chris Westbury, a psychology professor and lead author of the study, said： ‘The weirder the word is, the funnier the word is。
The results were released in a paper entitled， Telling the World’s Least Funny Jokes： On the Quantification of Humour As Entropy， and published in the Journal of Memory and Language. The findings back up the 19th century theory from German philosopher， Arthur Schopenhauer， who proposed that humour is a result of an expectation violation.
Identifying the funniest words is already a skill of good comedians or comic writers. The paper says： ‘The effect may also have practical effects in product naming， if it can be shown that the computable funniness in a name is a relevant factor in consumer behaviour.
We predict that consumers will strongly prefer (funny Non Words) ‘whook’or ‘mamessa’to (unfunny Non Words) ‘turth’or ‘suppect’for a new product name.
我们相信，与诸如‘turth’或者 ‘suppect’这类不可笑的无意义词汇相比，消费者们会格外青睐‘whook’ 或者 ‘mamessa’这类滑稽的无意义词汇。