"Humor Your Readers: The Uses of Wit" Authored by: EEI Press Editors Presented by: Colin Won Main Themes The article covers two basic points about humor in writing. 1. How it should be used “Lightening up your copy” 2. How it should not be used “Nobody likes a comedian who’s a bully”
Authored by: EEI Press Editors
Presented by: Colin Won
The article covers two basic points about humor in writing.
1. How it should be used
“Lightening up your copy”
2. How it should not be used
“Nobody likes a comedian who’s a bully”
Four key methods:
Just as long as the overall tone is kept appropriate, the occasional humorous insert may be welcomed.
This routine should not be used in very formal situations such as funerals.
Commonplace or obvious ideas could be related with just to make the idea more complete.
“A rueful correspondent penned a requiem for a button, bemoaning the expiration of one on a favorite shirt that “had served with high distinction under the stresses of war, sport, bad laundry machines and a tough economy.”
Humor can be used to minimize embarrassment or the harshness in certain statements, especially they are uncomplimentary.
“However, for PC users who are abstaining from Windows, for whom DOS is a kind of purgatory (by preference or by limited purchasing power), PC Study Bible offers a lot of power…”
“I am waiting for the golden-eared interconnect worshippers to tell me that I should use only electricity imported from Washington state, generated by water power, rather than unclean coal-generated electricity from here in Ohio.”
Three key warnings:
The writing should be consistent with its purpose and not digress too much.
Inappropriate situations often involving suffering or lossTaste
Humor should not be used to belittle someone.
Humor is an important tool. It keeps users interested with the writing even if the topic is truly bland and boring. However, there are appropriate and inappropriate moments to use humor. Writers must take care to use it wisely at the risk of losing an audience as well as gaining a bad reputation.