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10th Jun '17 11:24:30 PM ThePocket
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Fact: Whether by pronunciation, spelling, or use, some words are just plain funny to certain characters. Warning: Do not use any of these words to try to [[WordSaladHumor make an unfunny sentence funny]].

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Fact: Whether by pronunciation, spelling, or use, some words are just plain funny to certain characters. Warning: Do not use any of these words to try to [[WordSaladHumor make an unfunny sentence funny]].
funny]]. Tends to overlap with IJustLikeSayingTheWord, as in the case of the page image.
1st Jun '17 4:54:10 PM ChrisTheS
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* In a note on ''Webcomic/StarMares'' in which [[NoodleIncident an incident at Rainbow Dash's quincentennial celebration that allegedly rendered Twilight Sparkle unable to look at mayonnaise for weeks]] is discussed, the author states "originally it was salad, but mayonnaise is a funnier word."
10th May '17 2:06:43 PM TheNicestGuy
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* Yiddish seems to have a lot of words that are considered inherently funny whether one understands them or not. It could be conjectured that this helped the [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage mainstream appeal]] of BorschtBelt comedy--or vice versa, that these words became funny by association with the Borscht Belt. (And "borscht", of course, is itself hilarious.)
10th May '17 1:47:57 PM TheNicestGuy
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
** In "Eeney, Meeney, Miney... Magic!", Hank is hanging around being mildly annoying while Brock does his morning workout. He becomes entranced by the word "SCUBA", repeating it over and over and realizing that it's really a weirdly funny word. To his own surprise, Brock is forced to admit he's right.
** In "Victor. Echo. November.", in the course of a discussion about how not to get urine in your pants after using the toilet, Dean uses the word "dab" so many times it becomes both grating and hilarious, and Hank demands he stop saying it. But later, when Hank accidentally sets his crotch on fire, Dean "wails on his junk" to put it out. In agony, Hank asks him to "just dab".
** In "Momma's Boys", Hank stumbles across the phrase "doll withdrawal". He realizes it's not only funny-sounding, it's pretty hard to say.
10th May '17 1:29:02 PM TheNicestGuy
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': "The Outrageous Okona" had a B-plot about Data's attempts to understand human humor. To help him, he has the holodeck create a stand-up comic (guest star Creator/JoePiscopo). When asked simply, "What is funny?", The Comic lists a few random things he finds personally hilarious, and one of them is "words that end in K". Later, when The Comic says something that's not meant to be funny but happens to mention Teaneck, New Jersey, Data spots the K-word and thinks he's catching on.
1st May '17 4:58:25 AM Outis
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* In an interview about ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', John Cleese, asked why they chose the name Brian, said, "It's one of the funny names, isn't it? It's like Trevor and Kevin. I mean, they're just funny."
18th Apr '17 5:58:46 PM Berrenta
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See also {{Narm}}, which can happen when these words crop up in inherently unfunny contexts, and FundamentallyFunnyFruit.

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See also {{Narm}}, which can happen when these words crop up in inherently unfunny contexts, and FundamentallyFunnyFruit.
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* ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagoHime'': InUniverse example: Gabin, a word said by [[AlphaBitch Altezza]]. [[spoiler:Its the only thing that makes the Bo Dragon laugh.]]

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* ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagoHime'': InUniverse example: Gabin, a word said by [[AlphaBitch Altezza]]. [[spoiler:Its [[spoiler:It's the only thing that makes the Bo Dragon laugh.]]



* Creator/GeorgeCarlin once did a routine where he talks about [[FundamentallyFunnyFruit foods]] he can't eat because they have funny names. "I can't eat ''*snicker*'' bananas. And I could never eat ''*suppressed guffaw*'' kumquats!"

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* Creator/GeorgeCarlin once did a routine where he talks about [[FundamentallyFunnyFruit foods]] foods he can't eat because they have funny names. "I can't eat ''*snicker*'' bananas. And I could never eat ''*suppressed guffaw*'' kumquats!"
5th Apr '17 7:32:44 AM Quanyails
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** Another ''Scenes from a Hat'' had the suggestion, "Words that make immature people giggle". Including Regina, Pumpernickle, and White.

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** Another ''Scenes from a Hat'' had the suggestion, "Words that make immature people giggle". Including Regina, Pumpernickle, Pumpernickel, and White.
5th Apr '17 7:32:24 AM Quanyails
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Brings us the gem of Mr. Big lamenting when Nick sold him the "skunk but rug", a phrase he repeats several times, revealing that he ''buried'' his grandmother in that "skunk but rug".
5th Apr '17 7:29:13 AM Quanyails
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* According to Rob Cantor, this trope is how "Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf" was written into song.

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* According to Rob Cantor, this trope is how "Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf" Creator/ShiaLaBeouf" was written into song.
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