Humour British English , also spelt as humor American English ; see spelling differences , is the tendency of experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks , which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours Latin : humor , "body fluid" , controlled human health and emotion. People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. Most people are able to experience humour—be amused, smile or laugh at something funny such as a pun or joke —and thus are considered to have a sense of humour.
Jeffrey Hall, an associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas, found that when two strangers meet, the more times a man tries to be funny and a woman laughs, the more likely she is to be interested in dating. After studying students in a blind date-style test, researchers found that the men and women who laughed at the same time were most likely to be romantically interested in each other. Professor Hall ran a series of experiments to examine the role of humour in courtship using students as test subjects. In the first study, 35 men and women explored the Facebook profile pages of strangers to gauge their personalities, before their responses were compared to surveys by the profile holders. In the second study, almost students filled out a survey that found no connection between how intelligent people were and how funny they claimed to be. The final part tested 51 pairs of single, heterosexual university students who had never met and put them in a blind date scenario. They were given a selection of question cards to start a conversation, which was recorded by researchers.
It is also referred to as "bawdiness" or " bawdy ". Sex is presented in ribald material more for the purpose of poking fun at the foibles and weaknesses that manifest themselves in human sexuality , rather than to present sexual stimulation either excitingly or artistically. Also, ribaldry may use sex as a metaphor to illustrate some non-sexual concern, in which case ribaldry borders satire.