A thing is funny when — in some way that is not actually offensive or frightening — it upsets the established order. Every joke is a tiny revolution. … Whatever destroys dignity and brings down the mighty from their seats, preferably with a bump, is funny.

George Orwell (1903-1950) English writer [pseud. of Eric Arthur Blair]
“Funny, But Not Vulgar” (Dec 1944)
Added on 17-Aug-10 | Last updated 17-Aug-10
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