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What does "Dry sense of humor" means?
June 2, 2006
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We hear very often someone described as " he/she has a dry sense of humor." What does that mean? Give examples and clarification.

Thanks! ~Ras~

June 2, 2006
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Hi Ras,
I may not really know, but I think its not your typical sense of humor, but wry - argh, finding amusement in the peculiar rather than the obvious stuff. Not Chevy Chase, but maybe George Carlin? hm, no, maybe jon stewart kind of funny? like sarcasm and word play? rather than pratfalls. i may not be right, but that's what i think of, when they desribe someone having a dry sense of humor.

bonni

June 2, 2006
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It is on the side of having a warped side of humor, one that finds the sarcastic point of view. That is what I believe. I think I have that type of humor. I looked for the weird side of the humor. I will automatically get the dark side of the humor rather.

June 2, 2006
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Ras,

The British are prime examples of dry humor. It's almost as if the speaker doesn't realize what they just said is funny. I can't think of good examples now but will post some if I do.

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June 2, 2006
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Thanks guys and keep them coming.

I hate making mistakes. In my thread title it should read: What does Dry sense of humor MEAN?

June 2, 2006
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I found this definition online:

dry - humorously sarcastic or mocking; "dry humor"; "an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely"; "an ironic novel"; "an ironical smile"; "with a wry Scottish wit"

June 2, 2006
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I think I have a dry sense of humour at times; I easily can be sarcastic and have to watch it at times.

Hmmmmmmm, maybe I am just plain sarcastic? ooops

June 2, 2006
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Thanks Glit for your generosity to find out the definition of dry sense of humor.

So, I can conclude from this that it is a Sarcastic sense of humor.

I think it is when some people joke sometimes and you find it difficult to laugh at their humor.

June 2, 2006
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Now, Ras, that depends on a person's TASTE in humour. I actually find the little nuances funnier than an outright story joke! Like a "play on words" to me is quite intruiging.

But sarcasim, yes, can be hurtful out an out and if done with hmour can also be hurtful using humour as an excuse to blast someone. It just depends on what and how you are saying things, anytime. Even funny jokes can be hurtful depending on who they are directed at. Just MHO

June 2, 2006
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ok, what about "off the wall" sense of humor? any ideas?

June 2, 2006
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OMW

like you and I do? hmmmm, we are just unique or whatever?

Sew

June 2, 2006
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I agree with you sweet Sew esp with your 1st sentence!!! I know many guys with this dry sense of humor and outwardly they look serious cool, yet they really crack me up with their quiet reserved humor.

June 2, 2006
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sew...true.

June 3, 2006
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I think a dry sense of humour is not quite sarcastic...it is a little kinder than that although certainly there are elements of sarcasm...but I think ironic might be a better word...its kind of a quiet sense of humour

June 3, 2006
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Thanks Siuk for the explanation.

With all those posts, now I am able to distiguish and know for sure what dry sense of humor means.

June 3, 2006
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The funniest jokes can often be those were the punch line is not stated but obliquely understood, or implied/inferred if you will.

e.g. 4 nuns go to heaven, st pete asks have any of you sinned of the flesh? The first says "yes, I looked upon a naked man w/ desire" st pete points to basin of holy water and says "go wash your eyes clean and enter"

the second nun says "I touched a neked man w/ desire once" st pete says "go to the basin and wash your hands."

at this point the fourth nun points to the thiord nun and says "Can I go wash my mouth out before she sits in it?"

June 3, 2006
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I thought of one example of dry humor. This is supposedly true.

An English nobleman was about to be executed. As he was led to the chopping block, he was cheerful. Somebody asked why he wasn't somber. He replied, "You shall see me grave soon enough."

"me grave" has two meanings, and it was spoken as if the man didn't realize the second meaning, but of course he did. That, in my book, is dry humor.

June 3, 2006
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Hahaha. Thanks Glit & Seek for the dry humor. Now I am able to undertand and in fact distinguish it easily.

It is when we hardly laugh!

June 3, 2006
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how about the definition of wit.

I once heard someone say wit is finding humor in similarities among apperently opposite things, or humorous differences among similar things,

e.g. a person says to another "you're drunk!" and the drunk replies, "and you're ugly, but in the morning, I'll be sober"

June 3, 2006
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LOL thanks Glit for the dry humor. I really find it so funny!!!

June 3, 2006
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Without Vermouth.

June 3, 2006
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glittered,

{a person says to another "you're drunk!" and the drunk replies, "and you're ugly, but in the morning, I'll be sober"}

Unfortunately, this isn't dry humor because the speaker is drunk (wet) when he says it. :o)

Ras,

Also, online humor is dry if you don't laugh unless you see a little smiley face after it.

June 3, 2006
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Thanks Seek for the Clarification! Dry humor indeed is FUN!!!

(((Folks))) Let's turn this thread into "Fun thread." Smiley!!!

June 4, 2006
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seekr,

Ha! yer witty!

June 4, 2006
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Am tired just coming in from work but had to *smile* the way this thread has taken a turn.

Yah, I guess the examples Glittered, Seek and WD shared are worth a smile or two.

ACtually......great fun.

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