November Joy 27: Humour Is A Rubber Sword

Humour is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.
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Glee greetings, dear reader. Was your weekend fun?

I hope this musing finds you in good health and spirits. I am writing to share with you some thoughts on humour and how it can help us cope with the challenges of life. You may have heard the quote:

“Humour is a rubber sword – it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.”

– Mary Hirsch

This quote is attributed to Mary Hirsch, a writer and a teacher of humorous writing. I find this quote very insightful and relevant, especially in these times of uncertainty and conflict.

Humour is a powerful tool that can help us communicate effectively, persuade others, and express our opinions without offending or hurting anyone.

Humour can also help us reduce stress, improve our mood, and enhance our creativity. It can be a source of joy, wisdom, and healing.

But how do we use humour wisely and appropriately? How do we avoid crossing the line between funny and offensive? How do we balance humour and seriousness?

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Here are some tips that I have learned from my experience as a poet, editor, and publisher:

Know your audience

Different people have different tastes and sensitivities when it comes to humour. What may be hilarious to one person may be offensive or insensitive to another.

Before you crack a joke or make a witty remark, consider who you are talking to and what their expectations and preferences are.

Avoid topics that are taboo, controversial, or personal unless you are sure that your audience will appreciate them. Avoid dark humour if you must.

Know your purpose

Warethe pun? Why are you using humour? What are you trying to achieve? Are you trying to make a point, persuade someone, entertain, or simply lighten the mood? Depending on your goal, you may need to adjust your tone, style, and delivery of humour.

For example, if you are trying to make a serious point, you may want to use subtle or ironic humour rather than exaggerated or sarcastic humour. If you are trying to entertain, you may want to use more playful or absurd humour rather than dry or dark humour.

Know your limits

Humour is a rubber sword, but it can still hurt if you use it too much or too harshly. Don’t overdo it or abuse it. Don’t use humour as a weapon to attack, mock, or belittle others. Don’t use humour as a shield to avoid responsibility, accountability, or honesty. Don’t use humour as an excuse to be rude, insensitive, or inappropriate. Use humour with respect, kindness, and compassion.

I hope you enjoyed this article. I would love to hear your feedback and your thoughts on humour. You can leave a comment in the comment box below. Thank you for reading, and stay safe and happy!

With ❤️

Jaachị Anyatọnwụ

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Jaachị Anyatọnwụ

Jaachị Anyatọnwụ is a poet, editor, and publisher living in the suburbs of Aba. He is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and collections including 'Under the Sheets', 'Write Me A Poem', '30', 'Isms', 'Amina', and many others.

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