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Why certain words are more fun when they’re paired together

A study looking at more than 55,000 pairs of words has found why word pairings like “funk fungus” and “gnome bone” seem to be more amusing than their constituent parts Humans 13 May 2022 By Jesse Staniforth Some pairs of words are funnier than othersShutterstock / fizkes On their own there is nothing particularly funny…

A study looking at more than 55,000 pairs of words has found why word pairings like “funk fungus” and “gnome bone” seem to be more amusing than their constituent parts



Humans



13 May 2022

By Jesse Staniforth

People laughing at a joke

Some pairs of words are funnier than others

Shutterstock / fizkes

On their own there is nothing particularly funny about the words “gnome” and “bone”, but put them together and it is a different story. According to a study, pairings such as “gnome bone”, make people laugh.

Cynthia S. Q. Siew at the National University of Singapore and her colleagues generated random word pairings using a list of around 5000 words previously studied for their humour or lack thereof. …

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