QUOTE(Jack @ Aug 20 2007, 07:12 AM)
It makes perfect sense...it's a table of different kinds of humor, by some English guy with not enough to do. I don't know if the table covers all humor. But I'll be damned if I'm going to read the original article. Could you post a summary?
"Under the mask of humor, our society allows
infinite aggressions, by everyone and against everyone. In the
culminating laugh by the listener or observer--whose position is
really that of the victim or butt--the teller of the joke betrays his
hidden hostility and signals his victory by being, theoretically at
least, the one person present who does not laugh. Compulsive
storytellers and joke-tellers express almost openly the hostile
components of their need, by forcing their jokes upon frankly
unwilling audiences among their friends and loved ones, and upon every
new person they meet. Often they proffer this openly as their only
social grace. The listener's expected laughter is, therefore, in a
most important but unspoken way, a shriving of the teller, a
reassurance that he has not been caught, that the listener has
partaken with him, willy-nilly, in the hostility or sexuality of the
joke, or has even acceded in being its victim or butt....This is
particularly clear in the type of rambling or pointless anecdote,
nowadays known as the...'shaggy dog' story....in [which] the avowed
butt of the joke is simply the person who has been tricked into listening."
--Gershon Legman, , RATIONALE OF THE DIRTY JOKE, 1st Series, first page.