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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread:²%% Please see thread to discuss a new image.²%%²[[quoteright:350:[[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes]]]]²[[caption-width-right:350:Careful, Calvin, he might smock you.]]²%%²%% Caption selected per above IP thread. Please do not replace or remove without discussion here:²%%²²->''"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."''²-->-- '''Willy Clark''', ''Theatre/TheSunshineBoys''²²Fact: 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]]. Tends to overlap with IJustLikeSayingTheWord, as in the case of the page image.²²See also {{Narm}}, which can happen when these words crop up in inherently unfunny contexts. Also see FloweryInsults when used in an abusive manner. Also compare HehHehYouSaidX, and {{LOL 69}} for a specific inherently funny number.²²Want to have some fun sharing your favorite ones? [[JustForFun/InherentlyFunnyWords Take a gander over at the Just-For-Fun page]]!²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Advertising]]²* Booger Mountain, North Carolina. Known for Christmas trees; their marketing campaign is "Always Pick a Booger!"²* The Best Buy commercial with Amy Poehler as a DumbBlonde:²-->"Can I use a dongle with this? Does it make you uncomfortable when I use the word 'dongle'?"²* From 1990: [[ Pfister.]] "The pfabulous pfaucet with the pfunny name."²* Used in an announcer spiel for an old "We'll be back" bumper for ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' on Creator/CartoonNetwork.²-->'''Announcer:''' Stick around, Tom had to run out for some ointment. Funny word, ointment. ''Ointment!'' Where was I? Oh yeah, ''Tom and Jerry'' will be right back.²* A certain 2017 Sprite advertisement featuring UsefulNotes/LebronJames bursts into his family's Christmas party and asks this [[MemeticMutation memetic]] question: [[ Wanna Sprite Cranberry?]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagoHime'': InUniverse example: Gabin, a word said by [[AlphaBitch Altezza]]. [[spoiler:It's the only thing that makes the Bo Dragon laugh.]]²* Osaka from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' apparently finds certain words in the Okinawan dialect hilarious, like "osenmikocha" and "saataa andaagii".²* Tsukasa from ''Manga/LuckyStar'' considers "Barusamiko suu" (balsamic vinegar) to be this.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comedy]]²* On ''[[Creator/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."²* 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)..."²* Creator/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, [[ Vingelbert Wingledanck...]]²* Creator/GeorgeCarlin once did a routine where he talks about foods he can't eat because they have funny names. "I can't eat ''*snicker*'' bananas. And I could never eat ''*suppressed guffaw*'' kumquats!"²* Creator/RowanAtkinson's bit "No One Called Jones" relies on a combination of this, WhoNamesTheirKidDude, and HypocriticalHumor at the end.²** Atkinson has a particularly impressive ability to make just about any word into one of these, solely by his use of inflection.²* 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":²-->''Michael Dukakis, Michael Dukakis,\²A name to gladden every voter's heart\²A name that's so neat it's\²Fun to repeat it -- \²It sounds just like a car that will not start! Michaeldu''kak''ismichaeldu''kak''ismichaeldu''kak''is ...''²* 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.)²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'':²-->'''Love Glove''': I don't know what to say.\²'''Mr. Nobody''': Try 'baboon'. It never fails to raise an embarrassed chuckle.²* ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'': "CHIMICHANGA!"²-->'''Agent X''': Spatula is a funny word. Do you know what else is a funny word?²-->'''Deadpool''': [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder Rumsfield? Zygote?]]²-->'''Agent X''': ''Pancreas.'' [[OrganTheft And I want mine back.]]²* ComicBook/BatmanRIP²-->'''Joker''': What is it about the sombrero? Some words are just naturally funny.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Strips]]²* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':²** Abu Dhabi, hence its abuse in the 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''.²** Also, Garfield likes take-out Chinese food (like egg-foo-young and moo-goo-gai-pan) because "it's as much fun to say as it is to eat".²* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':²** "Beagle" -- according to creator Charles M. Schulz, Snoopy is a beagle because it's a funny word.²** Schulz has also claimed he personally likes the music of Brahms better than that of Beethoven, but made the latter Schroder's idol because "Beethoven" is a funnier word. ²** "Zamboni" probably counts as well, given the many hockey-related strips that ended with one as the punchline.²* "[[EverythingsBetterWithCows Cow]]". ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' creator Gary Larson said so.²* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Hobbes likes to say "[[ smock]]".²** And "[[ quark]]".²* An early ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip has Dilbert use his computer to find the funniest words, which turn out to be "weasel", "chainsaw", "prune", and any reference to ''Series/GilligansIsland''.²** There was another early strip where he computed the most Inherently ''Sexy'' Words in order to craft the ultimate pick-up line. It was "Hi, I'm Mel Gibson. Did a dingo dog go by here with my shirt?"²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* Groinsaw, fuckfire, rape apes, the entirety of ''Fanfic/ThirtyHs'' is full of funny {{Squick}}y words.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Film — Animated]]²* Two sequences in ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHeadDoAmerica'' would put the duo on the seniors' touring bus and, as they would pass by different cities, they would all be Inherently Funny Words.²-->'''Butt-Head''' (''passes by a sign reading "Butte"'') Butt. (''passes by a sign reading "Weippe"'') Wipe.²** Of course, as the original [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead TV series]] is the {{Trope Namer|s}} for HehHehYouSaidX, they could find this in nearly anything.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Film — Live-Action]]²* ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'' has two different scenes of Wade and Blind Al arguing over the assemblage of Ikea furniture, because the Swedish names for said furniture sound hilarious coming from English speakers. Especially since they happen to be pronouncing them all wrong.²* 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."²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* According to Creator/DaveBarry, "doot", "weasel", and "Smoot-Hawley Tariff".²-->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.'")²** ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'' has Barry profess a fondness for [[ Samuel Gompers]], mainly because he likes the name "Gompers" and thinks it'd be perfect for a big dog, like a Great Dane.²*** [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Or a goat.]]²** Don't forget "giant prehistoric zucchini."²* Literature/HarryPotter features the following quote from Albus Dumbledore:²-->Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you!²* 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.²* In "Stop me if you heard this" by Jim Holt, about joke history and philosophy, he claims "Kalamazoo", the town in Michigan, as worlds only one-word-joke (arguing that the "z" phoneme is the most funny in English language).²* Landlubber Midshipman Literature/AlexisCarew trying to learn naval terminology in the first book leads to a bit of this.²-->'''Alexis:''' ''(reading the name of a structural segment off her tablet)'' "Forward-twelve-port, first ''futtock''"? Now you're just making things up!²* Robert Gernhardt, German humoristic poet, in his poetry collection "Lichte Gedichte", finds "Mürzzuschlag" (a small town in Austria) funny. German speakers probably agree, especially as the implied etymologies (e.g. river Mürz hits you innaface?) are just malapropisms (Wiki says it's probably derived from a Slavic word).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' has "Bob" and "wibble".²** Yes, but Creator/RowanAtkinson can make any word funny, which he demonstrated during [[ his appearance on Top Gear]].²* 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".²* ''Series/DoctorWho'':²** There's an old Creator/JonPertwee catchphrase for describing the reason for the series' focus on Earthbound horror — "a Yeti on the loo in Tooting Bec".²** During the Fourth Doctor era, Robert Holmes would often give the Doctor funny-sounding phrases to say, because Creator/TomBaker had a [[VoiceOfDramatic rich, melodramatic voice]] that Holmes found amusing. See:²*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkInSpace "The Ark in Space"]]: "Witty little knitter", and a whole scene where the Doctor has to repeatedly chant the word "green" (a word which Baker pronounces strangely).²*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars "Pyramids of Mars"]]: "I shall mingle with the mummies but I shan't linger."²*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius "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".²** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters "Love & Monsters"]] reveals that the twin planet of [[OverlyLongName Raxacoricofallapatorius]] is named... Clom.²** The main punchline in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33PrequelPondLife "Pond Life"]] is hearing Rory say the phrase "Ood on the loo".²* Discussed in ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': "Oy, with the poodles already!"²* ''Series/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.²* An episode of the ''Johnny Carson Show'' parodied ''Series/{{Dragnet}}'' using the 'k-sound' principle by having Johnny describe [[ the caper of the copper clappers]] to Jack Webb.²* Defied by this [[ review]] of ''Series/Maniac2018'' which claimed that, among the show's other flaws, it severely overestimated the inherent funnyness of the word "lemur".²* ''Series/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.²* Happens quite a lot in ''Series/{{Miranda}}''.²-->'''Gary''': (after jumping and sending popcorn flying everywhere) Sorry about that. The husks go everywhere.\²'''Miranda''': [[LampshadeHanging That's a funny word, isn't it?]] Husks. *{{Beat}}* Husks. *[[AsideGlance to the]] [[NoFourthWall audience]]* [[RuleOfThree Husks.]]²* ''Series/MockTheWeek'' has "Showaddywaddy".²** Mahmoud Ahmadinejad... [[SomeCallMeTim But you can call me Tim]].²* ''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.²** The Chemist Sketch was interrupted by an Eric Idle voiceover stating that "it is against the policy of the BBC to get cheap laughs with [[HypocriticalHumor words like knickers, bum, or wee-wees]]."²* One episode of ''Series/MostExtremeEliminationChallenge'' has Kenny finding the word "Astronaut" to be one ("Ass-tronaut").²* One episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' featured Aunt Hilda musing over words she enjoyed saying. She eventually ends with "brackish water".²* In a Celebrity Jeopardy sketch in ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', Burt Reynolds (Creator/NormMacDonald) changes the name on his screen to "Turd Ferguson" because "it's a funny name."²* 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."²* ''Series/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]][[Film/TheGodfather he did not leave the gun]][[/note]].²* ''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.²* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'':²** The word "ocelot", according to Greg Proops.²** There was one session of ''Scenes From a Hat'', when the suggestion "Cities that shouldn't have a song about them" came up:²--->'''Ryan''': [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome We wuv u]], [[ Walla Walla, Washington...]]\²'''Colin''': Proud...citizens of [[ Doglick!]]\²'''Ryan''': We call it [[ Butte (not Butt), Montana...]]\²'''Jeff''': Who wants an [[ Oxnard]]? I do! I do!\²'''Ryan''': (with a stoned look on his face) What's the matter with [[ Weed]]?²** Another ''Scenes from a Hat'' had the suggestion, "Words that make immature people giggle". Including Regina, Pumpernickel, and White.²** One of Colin's {{feghoot}}s on "Weird Newscasters" was simply - "NASA sends [[UranusIsShowing probe to Uranus]]. [[HehHehYouSaidX People everywhere giggle.]]"²* ''Series/XPlay'' had a field day with the word "[[VideoGame/{{X}} Kha'ak]]". "[[Anime/UltimateMuscle Dik dik]]" as well.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* 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.²* In a similar case, during the recording of DefLeppard's "Rock of Ages", producer Mutt Lange originally planned to start the song with "1-2-3-4". But in a case of ThrowItIn, Lange mouthed out the [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign German-sounding nonsense phrase]], "Gunter glieben glauchen globen", which the band members found amusing and made the song stand out even further.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Podcasts]]²* In the ''Podcast/CoolKidsTable'' game ''Homeward Bound 4''. [[spoiler: Thanks to Jake the Deinonychus' continued failures and landing on his groin, the word "cloaca" is said enough that Shannon suggests making a drinking game.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]²* Stampede Wrestling, late 1980s: In one Wrestling/JasonTheTerrible promo, his manager The Zodiak once threatened to [[ "discombobulate"]] Wrestling/OwenHart.²* ''Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} King of Trios 2008 Night I'', February 29, 2008: Well, ''[[ bubonic]]'' is not supposed to get this reaction, but, some of the fans laughed when Wrestling/{{UltraMantis Black}} [[ used it]] to describe Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel's The Sea Amigos before the match between The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple (Mantis[=/=]Wrestling/{{Crossbones|TheWrestler}}[=/=]Hydra) and The Sea Amigos (Call-Me-Kevin[=/=]D.W. Cycloptopuss III[=/=]Unibouzu).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Radio]]²* On ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'', Bill is strongly of the opinion that "terrapins" is an inherently funny word and tries repeatedly to make it the programme's CatchPhrase. Everyone else in the cast is baffled by this.²* ''Radio/LoZooDi105'': By now, shouting "Canaglia!" (scoundrel) for no reason is a RunningGag on the show.²--> ''SCOUNDREL! SCOUNDREL! [[RuleOfThree SCOUNDREL!]]''²* The Vestibules' "Bulbous Bouffant" sketch (Frequent player on the Dr. Demento Show) is focused on all sorts of words that would qualify, such as the titular hairstyle, mukluks or gazebos.²* An exercise in reading the lyrics to "SantaClaus is Coming to Town" in [[EvilSoundsDeep a digitally-deepened]] growl with [[Film/TheExorcist "Tubular Bells"]] playing in the background finally breaks down around the third verse with the promised "rooty-toot toots and tummy-tum-tums".²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* Hilariously [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] by ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity''. While the words are inherently funny, the situation they are involved in is ''not''... only it becomes funny in its own, [[BlackComedy messed-up]] way.²--> '''White Card:''' Helplessly giggling at the mention of [[UsefulNotes/{{Rwanda}} Hutus and Tutsis]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theatre]]²* ''Theatre/AnimalCrackers'':²-->'''Captain Spaulding''': Then we tried to remove the tusks. The tusks. That's not so easy to say. Tusks. You try it some time.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'': "You eat the kumquat, [[LampshadeHanging snickering a little]] at how funny a word "kumquat" is."²* ''{{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.²** It last the rest of the ''game'' if you choose to stop advancing the quest at that point.²* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' introduces quarian Admiral Zaal'Koris vas '''Qwib-Qwib'''. [[TemptingFate Don't ask about the name]]. ²* "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]].²* The main theme behind the names of everything in ''VideoGame/TheBizarreAdventuresOfWoodruffAndTheSchnibble''.²* Taokaka's name is flat out stupid for spanish speaking players of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'', due the -kaka sounds exactly how the word poop is pronounced, it becomes a gold-mine of {{Narm}} when it's known there's a whole clan called the Kaka clan.²* On the fifth night of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation'', your MissionControl asks you to type in what kind of gift basket you'd like to be given at the end of your first week, at which point the RunningGag of the glitchy console auto-correcting your responses in absurd ways gives you "Exotic Butters". The hidden ending features a basket full of sticks of butter in the background, one of which has a gift bow on it, and you gain an option in the extras menu of a picture of that basket of butter which, when clicked, just repeatedly says "Exotic butters".²* In ''VideoGame/XCOM2'', one of the possibly words for the randomly-generated operation names is ''chicken''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Webcomics]]²* ''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..."²* From ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', [[ when the Tricksters alchemize the Warhammer of Zillyhoo]] and other artifacts, combined with a WhosOnFirst routine:²--> Flippety dippety doo bup bup shrubber double floppy mumblescurry noodlescoop pizzabubble pizzabubble mip mip mip mip mip mip.²* The creators of ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' and other strips in the Pixietrix stable apparently regard "Begonias" ([[ as here]]) as inherently funny, although they don't use it especially often.²* The commentary for [[ this]] ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' strip is of the opinion that "Mongol", "curmudgeon", and "spatula" are inherently funny words.²-->'''Pintsize:''' [[ Cump.]]²* Discussed in ''Blog/SliceOfLife'':²-->"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."²* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':²-->'''Torg:''' [[ 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!]]²* 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."²* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Dan considers "[[ weedle]]" and "[[ wiggle]]" to be funny words. He uses the former as a punchline ("[[ You have been poisoned by]] a [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Weedle.]]") and is disappointed by not being able to work the latter into the dialogue as "wiggle your fingers".²* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', the underground lair frequently requires repair, with the use of '''spackle'''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic: "Lettuce' is not funny. 'Cabbage' is freaking hilarious. Just watch: lettuce (silence), cabbage (laugh track). Works every time."²* 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.²* ''WebVideo/MicrosoftSamReadsFunnyWindowsErrors'' has "Taking a dump". Actually, there are a lot of them, like Tacos, Penguins, Diarrhea, and the infamous [[GoodBadBugs SWAAAAA]].²* 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".²** [[WebVideo/TheMisadventuresOfSkooks "Watch me SWOOCE]] [[ right in!"]]²* The WebVideo/VlogBrothers:²** John is travelling on [[ February 1st, 2007]]. "Okay, we're gonna walk through the airport and see if we can find anything funny. The word "choate" is funny."²** When [[ 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!²* 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.²* In [[ 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.²* [[Creator/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.²** In his ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedChronicles'' review, he muses that the word "assassin" has gone "weird" on him, containing "ass" twice in it.²* In the Podcast/RiffTrax short "This Is Hormel", poor Kevin has trouble coming up with riffs after hearing words such as "picnic boning" and "batch master".²** And after it's joined by "Weiner" he has to have a lie down.²* The Website/YouTube channel [[ PronunciationManual]] uses these a lot, and makes the problem worse by blatantly mispronouncing them.²* According to Rob Cantor, this trope is how "Actual Cannibal Creator/ShiaLaBeouf" was written into song.²* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'': The comedy of the "Vagina Monologue" versions of episodes is based around one joke: random nouns in the script are replaced with "vagina".²* In a game of ''Trivial Pursuit'', four members of Creator/AchievementHunter - Jack Patillo, Jeremy Dooley, Creator/MichaelJones and Creator/GavinFree - found the name of the Egyptian god Ptah funny, mostly because it was so out there.²* Creator/AnnaAkana admits in the video "How to Get Fired from Phone Sex" that the word "penis" makes her giggle. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* Creator/MattGroening, creator of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', insists that "underpants" is definitely funnier than "underwear".²----²* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', the Warner siblings sing [[ about Lake Titicaca]] because they "really like saying its name".²* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': "Buttscratcher". "Mmmmmmm BUTT-SCRATCHAAAAAA?? Mmm BUTT-SCRATCHAAAA!!"²* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': In "Squeeze the Day", Bloo got a kick out of the name "Topeka". "It's ''hot''... in To-PEE-ka!"²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'':²** "Sewer Or Later" seems to have been an excuse to use the phrase "poo-gas" as much as possible.²--->'''Freakazoid:''' [[LampshadeHanging Do you think we said the word "poo-gas" enough?]]²** "A Matter of Love" was dedicated to "Miss Ashley Huggbees", because they really liked saying her last name, which became a RunningGag throughout the cartoon. "HUGBEES!"²* In the ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' short, “How to be Funny”, Garfield goes to the National Institute of Humor and Mirth Analysis, where two deadpan scientists are researching the funniest words to use in jokes:²-->'''Scientist 1:''' Pickle\²'''Scientist 2:''' Funny\²'''Scientist 1:''' Pretzel\²'''Scientist 2:''' Funny\²'''Scientist 1:''' Cookie\²'''Scientist 2:''' Funny\²'''Scientist 1:''' Steak\²'''Scientist 2:''' Not funny\²'''Scientist 1:''' Yellow Bellied Sapsucker\²'''Scientist 2:''' Funny\²'''Scientist 1:''' Dog\²'''Scientist 2:''' Not funny\²'''Scientist 1:''' Elephant\²'''Scientist 2:''' Funny\²'''Scientist 1:''' Chicken\²'''Scientist 2:''' Extremely funny\²'''Scientist 1:''' Lion\²'''Scientist 2:''' Not funny\²'''Scientist 1:''' Hmm²* A number of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts in the past would find some way to use the city of Walla Walla, Washington. Occasional shoutouts to Mel Blanc's non-''Looney Tunes'' gag about a train bound for "Anaheim, Azusa, and" also appeared.²* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The Last Roundup", Pinkie Pie goes on a little rant about words she finds funny:²-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Say it with me! Pickle barrel kumquat, pickle barrel kumquat, pickle barrel kumquat, chimi-cherry-changa!²* Jet from ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' considers lots of "Earth words" (like "falafel") to be absolutely hilarious.²* Various alien names, locations and terms in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' (i.e. Gazorpazorp, Krombopulos Michael, St. Gloopy Noops Hospital) are clearly made to invoke this, but it reaches critical mass with the Plumbus segment in ''Interdimensional Cable 2'', which is a machine gun barrage of goofy-sounding nonsense words.²-->'''Narrator:''' First they take the dinglebop, and they smooth it out with a bunch of schleem [...] They take the dinglebop and they push it through the grumbo, where the fleeb is rubbed against it. [...] Then a Schlami shows up, and rubs it and spits on it.²* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'': Bullwinkle the Moose thinks "Monongahela" (among other words) is fun to say.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Krusty the Clown thinks "mukluk" is funny.²** One from "Homie the Clown":²--->'''Krusty:''' OK, memorize these funny place names: Walla Walla... Keokuk... Cucamonga... [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Seattle...]]\²'''Homer:''' ''(splitting his sides in laughter)'' Stop it, you're killing me! Hee-hee-hee, Seattle...²* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' would like to tell you about Rob Schneider's latest movie: [[ "Da Derp Dee Derp Da Teetley Derpee Derpee Dumb"]].²* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' uses 'arugula' as an inherently funny word. Especially funny when John Astin says it.²* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} giggles at the phrase "trap" instead of the "booby" before it.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':²** 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.²** 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".²** 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* The [[ dingbat]] for typesetting.²* Creator/RogerEbert closes [[ his review]] of ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'' with "'Turtle,' by the way, is a very funny word."²* 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 (somehow) funnier.²* 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, Butt-Head, hu hu.²* And now (Summer 2017) [[ForScience science has determined]] the list of these:²* Joking about [[ dongles]] can get you fired. [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad Yup.]]²[[/folder]]²----


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