Monday, July 13, 2009

Why are Words That Mean Laugh so Funny?


funny word of the day: guffaw

There are so many words to describe laughter that strike me as funny, including giggle, chortle, chuckle, titter and, of course, guffaw. It's all very meta.
I'm not sure I've ever actually used the word guffaw in conversation or heard anyone use it. I think you have to be at least 80 to use guffaw in a sentence and not seem like a total loser.
Definition from Merriam-Webster:

guf·faw
Pronunciation:
\(ˌ)gə-ˈfȯ, ˈgə-ˌfȯ\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
imitative
Date:
1720
: a loud or boisterous burst of laughter

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