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Sticks and StonesThe Philosophy of Insults$
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Jerome Neu

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314311.001.0001

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INSULT HUMOR

INSULT HUMOR

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(p.215) NINE INSULT HUMOR
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Sticks and Stones
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Jerome Neu (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314311.003.0009

Humor, like ritual, may sometimes license otherwise offensive insults. When and why? The special genre of insult humor, including roasts, is considered along with Freud's account of the role of collusion in tendentious humor broadly conceived. When is it wrong to laugh? Satire, teasing, and bullying sometimes take the ridicule in insult humor to the extremes of aggression.

Keywords:   humor, license, offensive, roasts, Freud, collusion, tendentious humor, laugh, satire, teasing, bullying, ridicule, aggression

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