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These Are The 10 Funniest Words In The English Language—According To Science

As a full-grown adult with an admittedly immature sense of humor, I can't help but giggle every time I hear certain words. Boobs, for example, or receptacle.

But as it turns out, I'm in good company. A new study out of the University of Alberta set out to find why certain words just make people want to laugh—and which words are the ones that really do the trick.

"Humor is, of course, still personal," explained Chris Westbury—professor in the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Science—one of the study's authors. "Here, we get at the elements of humor that aren't personal; things that are universally funny."

They studied the hilarity of words by asking people to rate 5,000 words on how funny they are. In doing so, they learned that there are two things that make a word funny: its meaning, and the form of the word.

In terms of meaning, funny words tend to be about six different topics: sex, bodily functions, insults, swear words, partying, and animals. As far as form goes, words with the letter 'k,' and the 'oo' sound, like in boot, for some reason.

So, without further ado, here are the ten funniest words in the English language, according to science.

  1. Upchuck
  2. Bubby
  3. Boff
  4. Wriggly
  5. Yaps
  6. Giggle
  7. Cooch
  8. Guffaw
  9. Puffball
  10. Jiggly


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