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"From the Ted Talk by Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now these look like very different forms of hmour but actually they bear a great sliirmtaiy. In each instance, our expectations are defied. In each instance, the narrative gets switched. There's an incongruity and a contrast. In "No, Thursday's out. How about never — is never good for you?" what you have is the syntax of politeness and the message of being rude. That really is how humor works. It's a cognitive syegrny where we mash up these two things which don't go together and temporarily in our mdins exist. He is both being polite and rude. In here, you have the propriety of The New Yorker and the vulgarity of the language. biaalclsy, that's the way humor works.

Open Cloze

Now these look like very different forms of _____ but actually they bear a great __________. In each instance, our expectations are defied. In each instance, the narrative gets switched. There's an incongruity and a contrast. In "No, Thursday's out. How about never — is never good for you?" what you have is the syntax of politeness and the message of being rude. That really is how humor works. It's a cognitive _______ where we mash up these two things which don't go together and temporarily in our _____ exist. He is both being polite and rude. In here, you have the propriety of The New Yorker and the vulgarity of the language. _________, that's the way humor works.

Solution

  1. similarity
  2. minds
  3. synergy
  4. humor
  5. basically

Original Text

Now these look like very different forms of humor but actually they bear a great similarity. In each instance, our expectations are defied. In each instance, the narrative gets switched. There's an incongruity and a contrast. In "No, Thursday's out. How about never — is never good for you?" what you have is the syntax of politeness and the message of being rude. That really is how humor works. It's a cognitive synergy where we mash up these two things which don't go together and temporarily in our minds exist. He is both being polite and rude. In here, you have the propriety of The New Yorker and the vulgarity of the language. Basically, that's the way humor works.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
office worker 8
rejection collection 5
yorker magazine 3
matt diffee 3
yorker humor 3
idea drawings 3
yorker cartoons 3

Important Words

  1. basically
  2. bear
  3. cognitive
  4. contrast
  5. defied
  6. exist
  7. expectations
  8. forms
  9. good
  10. great
  11. humor
  12. incongruity
  13. instance
  14. language
  15. mash
  16. message
  17. minds
  18. narrative
  19. polite
  20. politeness
  21. propriety
  22. rude
  23. similarity
  24. switched
  25. synergy
  26. syntax
  27. temporarily
  28. vulgarity
  29. works
  30. yorker