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How can one develops his or her sense of humor :

1. Ability to laugh at self
It's amazing how genuinely funny self-deprecatory jokes can be. If you're a serious brooding person who thinks that you're better than the world, forget this genre. But you'll be losing a lot.
2. Being able to take things lightly
This is the foundation from which you can take off into the world of humour. If you usually get worked up over every single little thing, chances are you're going to struggle to crack a joke. Let's face it; you'll be in no mood to think of anything funny.
3. Enjoy being the cause of laughter
Almost every single funny person I've ever met has this trait. There's a certain pride and selflessness that's part of being able to make people laugh. When you get addicted to that 'high', you'll be digging out every opportunity to make people laugh. There're not too many better things in the world than seeing people around you uncontrollably laughing at something funny you said.
4. Educate yourself
The lesser topics you know, the lesser genres of humour you can explore. There's a reason why all people with a great sense of humour are informed and intelligent. It takes much exposure to the outside world to be able to make most jokes. If you're a quiet, silent guy, who likes to shield himself in the darkness of your room, you won't have too much room to play with. Literally.
5. Learn from the experts
Watch humorous movies. Watch stand-up comedies. Watch funny soaps. The trick is not to watch with the ulterior motive of trying to learn the art. I always tell people who want to learn English to avoid watching films with that motive in the back of their head. It's when you truly immerse yourself and enjoy something that your mind automatically picks up certain things. This way, the whole exercise also stops seeming like work.
6. Enjoy conversations and experiment
Face it, you can't say a joke if you don't enjoy conversations. Learn to be open-minded, and talk and listen to people. The more you talk, the better you'll get at it. Similarly, the more you joke, the more you'll discover your area of strength. Experiment. Try various genres. Word play, sarcasm, slapstick ... you'll figure out based on people's reactions what your strength is. The more you play, the better you'll get. Also, remember: There aren't too many things in the world that you cannot joke about.

7. Timing: Strike when the time is right. You need to know when is the opportune moment to unleash the humor Kraken. 

8. Quick thinking and Wordplay: "Most important part of English language are punctuations. They are the ones which differentiate 'I helped Uncle Jack, off a horse' from 'I helped Uncle jack off a horse'".


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The Chronicle of irony and sarcastic humour:

There's two main types of bad sarcasm.

The first kind is where no one knows you're being sarcastic. This lands you in a real life Poe’s law where you need to convince people after the fact you were being sarcastic. Not funny.

The second kind of bad sarcasm is where you need to completely change the way you say something just so people know you're being sarcastic.

True sarcasm, the mastery of sarcasm, is where you are able to make it obvious you're being sarcastic, while saying it like you're serious.

The only other thing to master once you've got that is targets. Be sarcastic towards someone who you know is going to not only get your sarcasm, but find it amusing. If you can insult someone and make them happy at the same time, you've got it.

Irony is a form of humour that in a funny way describes a situation in which the outcome is opposite to that which was expected. It is often used as a tool within a satirical or sarcastic construction.

Satire is a means of humorously ridiculing a group of people by mimicking their activities in a way that reveals and exaggerates their faults and flaws.

Sardonically a form of mocking insult, it is a cynical, disdainful jibe.

Sarcasm is a form of insincere speech which on the face of it appears to suggest one thing whilst quite clearly implying another. Sarcasm critically relies on its delivery to be effective.

So irony is a humorous incident, sardonic a contemptuous disdain and satire and sarcasm are humorous constructs that may make use of irony and sardonic phrasing.

Any and all can be used in conjunction with each other; a satire can make use of irony and sarcasm, a sarcastic response can be based around a satirical concept.


When using sarcasm there are critical factors that must always be considered. The first to understand is that while sarcasm is fundamentally an insincere response or proposal, it is most effective when all parties (though not necessarily the target) are aware of its underlying truth. So it has to be sincere in its insincerity; you are deliberately lying and letting others know that you’re lying.

The second point and one that requires practice, a certain amount of acting skill and a little mischief is the delivery. Without a polished delivery, the sarcasm, however well thought through and funny, will fall flat on its face and its user open to ritual slaughter. The traditional, ‘true’ delivery is a deadpan, matter of fact response without inflexion or emotion (Basil Fawlty), this has over the years been added to by an overly polite, courteous and brightly positive version that embellishes and exaggerates the point being made (Blackadder). Finally there is a self-pitying, defeatist declaration of the situation one find one’s self in (Victor Meldrew). Both can be either abrupt or quite verbose, it doesn’t matter and should be tailored to suit the occasion.

The third point and one that would seem obvious is that it has to be funny.

Do not over use sarcasm as this will dilute the overall effect, but do use, as explained with satire and irony or preferably a sardonic and pithy riposte.

Finally and crucially it ‘really’ should be used with care as, if used with an overly aggressive or insulting manner and without fair consideration and compliance for the chosen target it can become too hurtful and a device more typical of bullying.

As outlined by Jake Williams in his answer ‘If you can insult someone and make them happy at the same time, you've got it’.

P.S : Sarcasm can be dangerous, try at your own risk! (Saying this from my personal experience)


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5 Poems by Gulzar
Come let’s make a poem

Come let’s make a poem
Let’s rake up some woundand cry.Let’s cut up a veinor Let’s lust standon forgotten crossroadsand call out someone’s name;come let’s make a poem.
Deja Vu
I wonder what it was thatI wanted to say to you today!
I met you and I forgetwhat I saidwhat I had thought I'd say,when I met youI had this feelingI have already said it to you.
There are things I've never said to you beforebut somehow it feelsI must have;what strange confusion!
I swear I'm not absent-mindedor inattentive;I have become onlya little forgetfulin your love.
The Poetics of Desire
Throw away your papers tonightput aside your penlet your fingerswrite on my body,an empty pagea word,a sentence,write a poemif your syntax hurts my skinif I sigh, if I moanjust tighten your embraceif your fingers stammerdip them in darknessand start againfill up my marginssuffocate me with your grammarproofread the madnessyou have createderase with your lipsany mistakesyour fingers makeread to mewhat you have writtensee the pages of my lifecome alivein your fingerstonight.
I look at the giftyou gave mea Wiltshire knifeon my birthdayand think of all the thingsI can do with itI can slicethe headof a lettuceI can carvea smileon a pumpkinI can clipthe wingsof a chickenI can thrust itin the heartof a celeryI can peelthe skinof a potatoI can slashthe stomachof an eggplantI can behead a mushroomI can hurt a tomatoI can hurt as many tomatoesas I wantthe possibilities are endlessBe nice to medown the yearsyour giftcomeswith a lifetime guarantee
A Morning Walk
This morningI took a poem for a walkthe long nightof unwritten darknesshad made it restlessto stretch.At first,the eager beastdragged metill I jerked itback on the leash.Then having settledinto a rhythmI let it frolic a bitI let it sniff the metaphorsI let it barkat some passing adjectivessnapped at it to heelon seeing some run on sentencestill we came to an open space.With no noun in sightI unleashed it on the greenand set it freeto runin lines,in phrases,in clauses.It ran without commas,it ran without pausestill I caught a glimpseof another poema high bredwell-versedhandsome looking poemsaunteringbehind its poet.I abruptly beckoned mineto come back.On the way homeI found myselfon the leashlooking for somethingto sink my teeth into

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