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wry, not rye

Postby eberntson » Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:40 pm

My sense of humor the other night was called "wry", I could not have been more pleased. Best of all, I had been drinking rye whiskey all night, the circle of irony was complete.

wry

Definitions
adjective

Word forms: wrier, wriest, wryer, wryest
twisted, contorted, or askew
(of a facial expression) produced or characterized by contorting of the features, usually indicating dislike
drily humorous; sardonic
warped, misdirected, or perverse
(of words, thoughts, etc) unsuitable or wrong
verb

Word forms: wries, wrying, wried
(tr) to twist or contort
Alternative Forms
ˈwryly adverb ˈwryness noun
Word Origin
C16: from dialect wry to twist, from Old English wrīgian to turn; related to Old Frisian wrīgia to bend, Old Norse riga to move, Middle Low German wrīch bent, stubborn
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Fear less, hope more;
eat less, chew more;
whine less, breathe more;
talk less, say more,
and all good things will be yours.
--R. Burns
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Postby Slava » Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:24 pm

Nice one. I wonder, though, just what your sense of humor was at the moment, drily humorous or perversely warped.

I never knew this as a verb, either.
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Postby Perry Lassiter » Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:16 pm

I keep being accused of dry humor, but no one has ever told me what wet humor is...
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wry, not rye

Postby Audiendus » Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:18 pm

eberntson wrote:(of a facial expression) produced or characterized by contorting of the features

Anagram of "eberntson": Bent noser.

Perry Lassiter wrote:no one has ever told me what wet humor is...

Haven't you heard of aqueous humor? (That's one in the eye for you...)
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Postby Philip Hudson » Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:44 pm

I tried to think of a pun on vitreous humor, something like laughing when someone walked on broken glass, but that one won't fly. I answered anyway so y'all would know that I am at least trying to think.
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Delightful...

Postby eberntson » Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:25 pm

@Philip: How delightfully non-abtuse your comment is. And there you go thinkin' again, might lead to trouble. I believe no one wants trouble within Texas.
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Fear less, hope more;
eat less, chew more;
whine less, breathe more;
talk less, say more,
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Postby Philip Hudson » Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:25 pm

eberntson:
Non-abtuse is a new word to me. After much Googling, I think I understand that abtuse is a portmanteau word for “abstract and obtuse”. If this is what you meant, non-abtuse is a great compliment. Thanks bunches.
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Postby eberntson » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:20 am

@Phillip: ...now you get my drift. :wink:
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