Laughter, a buffet of varieties
October 25, 2015 6:36am CST
The TV caught my attention this morning with an odd sound, turns out it was an odd unique laugh. It got me to thinking. Have you ever really listened to people's laughter? I mean the actual sounds. There are so many varieties of laughter. People may also have different types. Certain laughs make me want to laugh too, because the sound is just too funny. Other laughs I find grating. I hate the hyena laugh. I also hate fake laughs. You know what I mean, that polite fake titter. Either laugh or lightly chuckle, or don't at all, that titter is...so fake and annoying. How about you? What kind of laughs have you observed out there?
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• Preston, England
25 Oct 15
From doing stand up comedy I learn to read laughter quite well for timing my lines. Most people laugh in sync, often stopping as everyone else does to but one or two just carry on which is great. If a gag gets little laugher I usually say 'memo to brain. Never tell that one again' which usually gets the listeners back on track.
• United Kingdom
25 Oct 15
Haha our next door neighbour when I was a child had a laugh like a hyena swallowing a porcupine. You have never heard anything like it before but I used to take her off to a T. I invariably got a good clip for doing it too! I was reminded of that just the other day!
• Johannesburg, South Africa
26 Oct 15
I have a neighbour, who has a forced fake laugh when she gets guests, it is loud and over exuberant, and as soon as the guests leave, it stops. I never have to hear a car, I hear that laugh and know, oh, she has guests again...
26 Oct 15
I know a few persons with a fake "polite" laugh, that I hate. People say that I have a warm laugh that make them want to laugh too. This is what my Granny always told me too, it must be true. I only laugh when there is something funny, I cannot fake a laughter.