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->''"Fifty-seven years in this business, you learn a few things. You know what words are funny and which words are not funny. Alka-Seltzer is funny. You say 'Alka-Seltzer', you get a laugh... Words with 'k' in them are funny. Casey Stengel, that's a funny name. Robert Taylor is not funny. Cupcake is funny. Tomato is not funny. Cookie is funny. Cucumber is funny. Car keys. Cleveland... Cleveland is funny. Maryland is not funny. Then, there's chicken. Chicken is funny. Pickle is funny."''
-->-- '''Willy Clark''', ''Theatre/TheSunshineBoys''

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]].

See also {{Narm}}, which is what happens when InherentlyFunnyWords crop up in inherently unfunny contexts, and FundamentallyFunnyFruit.

Want to have some fun sharing your favorite ones? [[JustForFun/InherentlyFunnyWords Take a gander over at the Just-For-Fun page]]!

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertisements]]
* Booger Mountain, North Carolina. Known for Christmas trees; their marketing campaign is "Always Pick a Booger!"
* The Best Buy commercial with Amy Poehler as a DumbBlonde:
-->"Can I use a dongle with this? Does it make you uncomfortable when I use the word 'dongle'?"
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[[folder:Anime/Manga]]
* ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagoHime'': InUniverse example: Gabin, a word said by [[AlphaBitch Altezza]]. [[spoiler:Its the only thing that makes the Bo Dragon laugh.]]
* Osaka from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' apparently finds certain words in the Okinawan dialect hilarious, like "osenmikocha" and "saataa andaagii".
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* [[FanFic/ThirtyHs Dobby relished his groinsaw's roar...]]
** Fuckfire, rape apes, the entire fic is full of funny Squick squicky words.
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[[folder:Comedy]]
* On ''[[MontyPython Monty Python's Previous Record]],'' Dr. Carl Gruber goes through words on which he gauges embarrassment levels: "Shoe. Megaphone. Grunties." And even ruder: "Wankel Rotary Engine."
* An obscure German Kabarett sketch "The Red-Green Peril". By some InsaneTrollLogic (involving traffic lights) it gets turned into YellowPeril first, and subsequently this trope: "Chinese leader Dennnnng (spoken very energically) Xiao Piiiiing (spoken very InstantSoprano)..."
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'':
-->'''Love Glove''': I don't know what to say.\\
'''Mr. Nobody''': Try 'baboon'. It never fails to raise an embarrassed chuckle.
* ''{{Deadpool}}'': "CHIMICHANGA!"
-->'''Agent X''': Spatula is a funny word.Do you know what else is a funny word?
-->'''Deadpool''': [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder Rumsfield? Zygote?]]
-->'''Agent X''': ''Pancreas.'' [[OrganTheft And I want mine back.]]
* BatmanRIP
-->'''Joker''': What is it about the sombrero? Some words are just naturally funny.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* According to Creator/DaveBarry, "doot", "weasel", and "Smoot-Hawley Tariff".
-->I'm at home, sitting in front of my computer in my underwear, trying to decide which animal name is funnier, 'hamster' or 'gerbil.'" ("Answer: 'weasel.'")
** ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'' has Barry profess a fondness for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Gompers Samuel Gompers]], mainly because he likes the name "Gompers" and thinks it'd be perfect for a big dog, like a Great Dane.
*** [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Or a goat.]]
* HarryPotter features the following quote from Albus Dumbledore:
-->Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you!
* In "We Sled With Dragons", a children book by C. Alexander London, everybody can't help giggling when hearing "Djibuti". Subtly lampshaded when the author deadpan mentions [[UranusIsShowing the icy mountains of Uranus]] in the next sentence.
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[[folder:Live-Action Television]]
* ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', a show known for its willingness to use the word "shit", has an episode in its fourth season called "Who Pooped the Bed?", where "shit" is scarcely used. Lampshaded, even.
* Mahmoud Ahmadinejad... [[MockTheWeek But you can call me Tim]].
* In ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', George thinks that the word "puke" is funny. "That's a funny word. Puke. Puke! Don't have to think about that."
* ''Series/XPlay'' had a field day with the word "[[VideoGame/{{X}} Kha'ak]]". "[[Anime/UltimateMuscle Dik dik]]" as well.
* Discussed in ''GilmoreGirls'': "Oy, with the poodles already!".
* ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'':
** The word "ocelot", according to Greg Proops.
** There was one session of ''Scenes From a Hat'', when the suggestion "Cities that shouldn't have a song about them" came up:
-->'''Ryan''': [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome We wuv u]], [[http://www.wallawalla.org/ Walla Walla, Washington...]]
-->'''Colin''': Proud...citizens of [[http://www.placenames.com/us/p48555/ Doglick!]]
-->'''Ryan''': We call it [[http://www.hometownusa.com/mt/Butte.html Butte (not Butt), Montana...]]
-->'''Jeff''': Who wants an [[http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/usa/california/oxnard/map.htm Oxnard]]? I do! I do!
-->'''Ryan''': (with a stoned look on his face) What's the matter with [[http://www.city-usa.net/state-california-city-weed.html Weed]]?
** Another ''Scenes from a Hat'' had the suggestion, "Words that make immature people giggle". Including Regina, Pumpernickle, and White.
** One of Colin's {{feghoot}}s on "Weird Newscasters" was simply - "NASA sends [[UranusIsShowing probe to Uranus]]. [[HehHehYouSaidX People everywhere giggle.]]"
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' has "Bob" and "wibble".
** Yes, but Creator/RowanAtkinson can make any word funny, which he demonstrated during [[http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/rowan-atkinson-series-17-episode-4 his appearance on Top Gear]].
* Happens quite a lot in ''{{Miranda}}''.
-->'''Gary''': (after jumping and sending popcorn flying everywhere) Sorry about that. The husks go everywhere.
-->'''Miranda''': [[LampshadeHanging That's a funny word, isn't it?]] Husks. *{{Beat}}* Husks. *[[AsideGlance to the]] [[NoFourthWall audience]]* [[RuleOfThree Husks.]]
* One episode of MostExtremeEliminationChallenge has Kenny finding the word "Astronaut" to be one ("Ass-tronaut")
* MockTheWeek has "Showaddywaddy"
* ''MenBehavingBadly'' creator Simon Nye thinks this about the words "shed" and "cheese", and took every opportunity to use them in unusual ways in the show.
* In mid-2006, there was a segment of ''Series/TheColbertReport'' where Colbert combined the names of celebrity couples. For William H Macy and Felicity Huffman's portmanteau, he couldn't help laughing at "Filliam H Muffman".
* One episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' featured Aunt Hilda musing over words she enjoyed saying. She eventually ends with "brackish water".
* ''TheSopranos'' gets a lot of mileage out of this trope. A lot of the series' more light-hearted (or, blackly comedic) moments tend to involve the characters' favorite foods, which always seem to have really silly names. Choice examples include "gabagool"[[note]]Over here![[/note]], "buffalo mozzarella"[[note]]pronounced "moozarell"[[/note]], and of course, that time Chrissy shot a rude bakery cashier in the foot over a box of sfogliatelle[[note]]pronounced "Shfuyatelle" for some reason non-Italian speakers can only begin to fathom[[/note]] and cannolis[[note]][[TheGodfather he did not leave the gun]][[/note]].
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' got a lot of mileage out of naming characters with these. One sketch revolved around a man whose name is spelled "Raymond Luxury-Yacht" but which is pronounced "Throatwarbler Mangrove", another featured a Tarquin Fintimlinbinwhinbimlim Bus Stop Ftang-Ftang Olé Biscuit Barrel.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The story "The Brain of Morbius" places weird emphasis on a scene where the Doctor is listing volcanoes, ending with a close-up of his face as he says the word 'Popocatepetl'. The only reason this scene ''could'' have been emphasised is for the sheer pleasure of hearing Creator/TomBaker with his famous VoiceOfDramatic say the word 'Popocatepetl'.
** The main punchline in "Pond Life" is hearing Rory say the phrase "Ood on the loo".
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[[folder:Newspaper comics]]
* Abu Dhabi, hence its abuse in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' comics.
** Jim Davis has also said he's a sucker for anything with a 'k' sound. "Cabbage? Funny. Lettuce? Not funny." This line has also been said in a strip and in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''.
* "Beagle" -- according to ''{{Peanuts}}'' creator Charles M. Schulz, Snoopy is a beagle because it's a funny word.
* "[[EverythingsBetterWithCows Cow]]". TheFarSide creator Gary Larson said so.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Hobbes likes to say "[[http://dontknockmysmock.com smock]]".
* An early ''{{Dilbert}}'' strip has Dilbert use his computer to find the funniest words, which turn out to be "weasel", "chainsaw", "prune", and any reference to ''GilligansIsland''.
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[[folder:Stand-up Comedy]]
* [[EddieIzzard Zingelbert Bembledack, Yingybert Dambleban, Zangelbert Bingledack]], Wingelbert Humptyback, Slup ''ben'' Walla, Kringelbert Fishtybuns, Steviebuns Bottrittrundle, [[OverlyLongGag Tringelbert Wangledack, Klingybun Fistelvase, Dindlebert Zindledack, Engelbert Humptyback]], Zengelbert Bingledack, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckGmMO0zbJo Vingelbert Wingledanck...]]
* 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!"
* Creator/RowanAtkinson's bit "No One Called Jones" relies on a combination of this, WhoNamesTheirKidDude, and HypocriticalHumor at the end.
* Political songster/satirist MarkRussell had to do a song about Michael Dukakis on short notice, knowing absolutely nothing about him; he finally settled on pointing out that Dukakis was, of the 1988 lineup of Presidential candidates, "the only one whose name is fun to say":
--->Michael Dukakis, Michael Dukakis,
--->A name to gladden every voter's heart
--->A name that's so neat it's
--->Fun to repeat it --
--->It sounds just like a car that will not start! Michaeldu''kak''ismichaeldu''kak''ismichaeldu''kak''is ...
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/AnimalCrackers'':
-->'''Captain Spaulding''': Then we tried to remove the tusks. The tusks. That's not so easy to say. Tusks. You try it some time.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'': "You eat the kumquat, [[LampshadeHanging snickering a little]] at how funny a word "kumquat" is."
* ''{{VideoGame/Borderlands 2}}'' has a side-quest, "The Name Game", where Sir Hammerlock tries to come up with a new name for the ape-like Bullymongs. After his first two ideas are rejected, he gets frustrated and starts calling them "Bonerfarts". This leads to the Bullymongs being labelled as "Bonerfarts" for the remainder of the quest, including the young Monglets being called Bonertoots.
** It last the rest of the ''game'' if you choose to stop advancing the quest at that point.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' introduces quarian Admiral Zaal'Koris vas '''Qwib-Qwib'''. [[BerserkButton Don't ask about the name]].
* "Banang", a fictional powdered fruit drink that first appeared in Telltale Games' ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''games, and quickly became something of a running gag. Sam seems to think it's hilarious, but Max [[NeverSayThatAgain quickly gets tired of the gag]].
* The main theme behind the names of everything in ''VideoGame/TheBizarreAdventuresOfWoodruffAndTheSchnibble''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/DorkTower'''s creator Creator/JohnKovalic favors "spleen", especially in the legendary strip for which the punchline was "Roll the dice. I want to see if I eat your spleen..."
* From ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/trickster.php?s=6&p=007671 when the Tricksters alchemize the Warhammer of Zillyhoo]] and other artifacts, combined with a WhosOnFirst routine:
--> Flippety dippety doo bup bup shrubber double floppy mumblescurry noodlescoop pizzabubble pizzabubble mip mip mip mip mip mip.
* The creators of ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' and other strips in the Pixietrix stable apparently regard "Begonias" ([[http://www.ma3comic.com/d/20091117.html as here]]) as inherently funny, although they don't use it especially often.
* The commentary for [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=576 this]] ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' strip is of the opinion that "Mongol", "curmudgeon", and "spatula" are InherentlyFunnyWords.
-->'''Pintsize:''' [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1836 Cump.]]
* Discussed in ''Blog/SliceOfLife'':
-->"When I started this tumblr, one of my goals was to have a panel where Mr. Cake screams 'croquembouche' for no reason. Now, I’ve finally achieved my dream. Feels good."
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
-->'''Torg:''' [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000516 Oasis's booby-traps crunched up the robot pretty bad, but it's still salvageable! (...) Hey! I just used the word "booby" in a serious sentence!]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic: "Lettuce' is not funny. 'Cabbage' is freaking hilarious. Just watch: lettuce (silence), cabbage (laugh track). Works every time."
* The inherent hilarity of "gurt" is a RunningGag in ''WebVideo/EchoChamber''; it starts when Ace makes a video about {{portmanteau}}s, including separating "yogurt" into "yo" and "gurt". He keeps cracking up whenever he says "gurt", and later the word merely being mentioned is the only thing to get Mr Administrator to laugh, leading to the first time we see more of his face.
* ''WebVideo/MicrosoftSamReadsFunnyWindowsErrors'' has "Taking a dump". Actually, there are a lot of them, like Tacos, Penguins, Diarrhea, and the infamous [[GoodBadBugs SWAAAAA]].
* In WebAnimation/{{YouTube Poop}}s, one popular practice is to play a short part of an audio clip forwards, then play the same part in reverse. (For example, "something" would become "sus"). This is known as a "sauce joke".
* The WebVideo/VlogBrothers:
** John is travelling on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPAoaWCMabw February 1st, 2007]]. "Okay, we're gonna walk through the airport and see if we can find anything funny. The word "choate" is funny."
** When [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOHqknrPQZg discussing the 2008 Nerdfighter website]], John finds another word he considers inherently funny -- "ning", related to their new site building. It's as good as bling but you don't have to spend money on jewels!
* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob describes "Yeti" as one of the funniest words in the English language, to the point he thinks a horror movie with that as a monster (such as the reviewed one, ''Shriek of the Mutilated'') is just asking for involuntary comedy.
* In [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/10-species-of-angry-commenter-you-encounter-on-the-web/ this]] Website/{{Cracked}} article, Creator/{{Seanbaby}} describes how he filters any email he receives containing the words "cheese" or "weasel", citing these as the words most often used by people trying too hard to be funny.
* [[BenCroshaw Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw]] has found one for himself near the end of '[[LetsPlay/LetsDrownOut Let's Play Normality]]', it was [[spoiler: boobie boobie bum bum.]] Made him laugh so hard he started to leaked tears.
* In the {{WebOriginal/Rifftrax}} short "This Is Hormel", poor Kevin has trouble coming up with riffs after hearing words such as "picnic boning" and "batch master".
* The Website/YouTube channel [[http://www.youtube.com/user/PronunciationManual PronunciationManual]] uses these a lot, and makes the problem worse by blatantly mispronouncing them.
* According to Rob Cantor, this trope is how "Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf" was written into song
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': "Buttscratcher". "Mmmmmmm BUTT-SCRATCHAAAAAA?? Mmm BUTT-SCRATCHAAAA!!"
* In one episode of ''GarfieldAndFriends'', Garfield takes the viewers through a lab to show them how humor is created, including listing out some words that are inherently funny.
-->'''Scientist 1''': (monotone) Yellow-bellied sapsucker
-->'''Scientist 2''': (monotone) Extremely funny.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The Last Roundup", Pinkie Pie goes on a little rant about words she finds funny:
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Say it with me! Pickle barrel kumquat, pickle barrel kumquat, pickle barrel kumquat, chimi-cherry-changa!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Krusty The Clown thinks "mukluk" is funny.
** One from "Homie the Clown":
--->'''Krusty:''' OK, memorize these funny place names: Walla Walla... Keokuk... Cucamonga... Seattle...\\
'''Homer:''' ''(splitting his sides in laughter)'' Stop it, you're killing me! Hee-hee-hee, Seattle...
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', we got "huggbees". To the point where an entire short was dedicated to finding ways to use it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', Bloo got a kick out of the name "Topeka". "It's ''hot''... in To-PEE-ka!"
* WesternAnimation/SouthPark would like to tell you about Rob Schneider's latest movie: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxYA6duF-9E "Da Derp Dee Derp Da Teetley Derpee Derpee Dumb"]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' {{Deadpool}} giggles at the phrase "trap". Oddly, not at the "booby" before that. Then again, it ''is'' a Disney cartoon.
** That or it's a major case of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, as MemeticMutation has turned "trap" into an UnusualEuphemism for crossdressers and transsexuals.
*** Or it could be a case of ComicallyMissingThePoint, if the audience expects him to be laughing at "booby".
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[[folder:Other]]
* The song "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt". Supposedly the reason for the long name is that the song's writer thought German-esque words were inherently funny.
* On this wiki, [[BlessedAreTheCheesemakers cheese]].
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dingbat dingbat]] for typesetting.
* RogerEbert closes [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-1990 his review]] of ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' with "'Turtle,' by the way, is a very funny word."
* Observe this trope in live action! There is a famous German TakeThat against modern art, "Kunst kommt von Können, käme sie von Wollen, hieße sie Wulst" [[note]] mechanic translation: "Art comes from ableness, if it came from wanting, it would be named bulge" - of course this ruins the joke considering "Kunst" as sort of a plusquamperfect infinitive of "können", likewise "Wulst" of "wollen" [[/note]], attributed to every Tom, Dick and Harry. This version is the earliest reported; the variant "Wunst" is no German word and never caught on. But in todays oral conversation, you will now always hear "Wurst", sausage. [[note]] Oral! The "Wurst" version is ''not'' googleable![[/note]] It partly ruins the "mechanic" of the joke, but it's [[FreudWasRight (somehow) funnier.]]
* Another German example for forced vague sexualization: Decades ago you could hear kids playing catch, shouting "Krieg mich doch, Eierkopf!" (Catch me, egghead!) Also dictated by rhyme, today it degraded to "Eierloch" (egg hole). Which doesn't make sense at all. But he said hole, Butthead, hu hu.
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