On their own there is nothing particularly funny about the words “gnome” and “bone”, but put them together and it is a different story. According to a study, pairings such as “gnome bone”, make people laugh.
Cynthia S. Q. Siew at the National University of Singapore and her colleagues generated random word pairings using a list of around 5000 words previously studied for their humour or lack thereof. …
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