Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Notes on humour

How many library workers does it take to change a lightbulb?
None; one chooses the bulb;
one contacts a vendor and orders the bulb;
one receives it;
one places the bulb on the bulb self;
one charges the bulb out;
but the users must change the bulb themselves.

Defining humour
Provide definitions for the following terms:
Absurd Strange; something seeming unusual; outrageous; totally out of the ordinary; doesn't make sense 
Comic Someone who tries to make other people laugh; intentionally humorous
Farce Make fun of a political situation; light-hearted humour
Hyperole Exaggerated statement not to be taken serious
Incongruous Match with opposite
Irony Unexpected outcome

You can be sure the student who has the most overdue books reads the least.

More definitions
Parody Comic imitation of something well known 
Puns Play on words 
Ridiculous Overdone; not worthy of consideration 
Sarcasm Negative comment making fun of someone
Satire Using humour to make fun of politics
Understatement Restraint

More lightbulb jokes
How many academic librarians does it take to change a light bulb?
Just five. One changes the bulb while the other four form a committee and write a letter of protest to the Dean, because after all, changing light bulbs is NOT professional work!

How many cataloguers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Just one, but they have to wait to see how LC does it first.

How many cataloguers does it take to change a light bulb?
Only one provided it is AACR2.

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