Are These The 12 Funniest Words In The English Language?

New research revealed the 12 most – and least – humorous words in the English language.

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Comedy King Jimmy Carr has been known to use a fair few of these. Image Picture Netflix

Humour, much like the English language itself, is a forever-evolving thing.

What’s funny today may not work quite so well tomorrow, as anyone who has ever watched a Harry Enfield sketch show would attest.

So when loaded got wind of fresh research claiming to reveal the 12 funniest words in the English language today, a sense of intrigue spread throughout the office. What words made the cut and what would they say about society today? 

The study, put together by University of Warwick researchers Tomas Engelthaler and Thomas Hills, saw 821 participants quizzed on the words they felt were finniest using a very specific method.

They were first asked to rate 11 calibrator words that had attracted notable scores during a pilot test and included such classics as “drought” and “turd”.

They were then asked to rate the funniness of 200 words chosen at random from a pool of 5000. Based on ther scores and immediate reactions, the following words was rated as funniest:

Booty

Tit

Booby

Hooter

Nitwit

Twit

Waddle

Tinkle

Bebop

Egghead

Ass

Twerp

The presence of the word “booty” isn’t a massive surprise but one thing is for sure: Chris Waddle won’t be happy with the outcome of this study.

In an interesting twist, the research also revealed the 12 least humourous words in the English language with a list that’s every bit as grim as you might have expected:

Rape

Torture

Torment

Gunshot

Death

Nightmare

War

Trauma

Rapist

Distrust

Deathbed

Pain

Wow. So basically, the topics of the standard Frankie Boyle stand-up gig. But the findings didn’t even there. Here are the words men found funnier than women:

Bondage

Birthmark

Orgy

Brand

Chauffeur

Doze

Buzzard

Czar

Weld

Prod

Corn

Raccoon

Who would have thought men preferred orgies to women? And these are the 12 words women found more amusing than men:

Giggle

Beast

Circus

Grand

Juju

Humbug

Slicker

Sweat

Ennui

Holder

Momma

Sod

“Sod” is certainly an interesting one and a word that can be used to sum up plenty of blokes, that’s for sure.

These were the words both men and women scored similarly on in terms of amusement:

Chug

Fluff

Scrotum

Jabber

Joke

Buttocks

Boon

Yank

Tinker

Prance

Nice to see we are united in our appreciation of the word “scrotum”.

And these are the words 18-32 year olds found funniest:

Goatee

Reform

Joint

Germ

Hunchback

Frock

Rating

Squaw

Filth

Collie

Squabble

Gangster

We can only assume the “joint” in question is one of the medicinal variety.

Those aged 33 to 78, meanwhile, got the giggles from the following:

Caddie

Birthright

Squint

Jingle

Burlesque

Bulkhead

Limey

Pixie

Pong

Willow

Housewife

Bathing

Bathing? That’s hilarious. Possibly.

The researcher’s summarised their findings thusly:

“The database we present here offers a basis for studying humour in perhaps a highly rudimentary ‘fruit fly’ version, at the level of a single word.

“If single words have reliable humour ratings, they provide humour in miniature, allowing us to investigate humour in relation to the many existing lexical norms.”

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.