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risible

(adjective) Arousing or provoking laughter.

Synonyms: amusing, comic, comical, funny, laughable, mirthful

Usage: The dramatic performance's unintentionally trite and risible dialogue drew hearty laughs from the audience.
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risible
Definition: (adjective) Arousing or provoking laughter.
Synonyms: amusing, comic, comical, funny, laughable, mirthful
Usage: The dramatic performance's unintentionally trite and risible dialogue drew hearty laughs from the audience.
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'Can I borrow your rock, because mine is occupied by Alaskan Bull Worm?' Asked Patric Star his friend Spongebob.
'I have no one to give you. Princess Mindy, the beauty Quinn of Bikini Bottom needed all of them I had earlier to build a monument depicting me, her new boyfriend.' Answered SpongeBob.'
'That is comical!' Said disappointed Patric Star.

J'ai perdu mes amis en Afrique durant la dernière semaine de 2017
thar
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I like that in French 'rire' is to laugh and 'sourire' is to smile.
It seems like a nice connection.


Also from same root, (to laugh, Latin - rīdeō (present infinitive rīdēre, perfect active rīsī, supine rīsum); second conjugation)
ridicule, ridiculous, risible, derisory



These are all really nasty! So if you laugh nastily you do it in French. If you laugh good-naturedly you do it in English?

English moved the other way - fun originally meant foolish, but changed to be a good thing, enjoyment.
Quote:
From Middle English fonnen (“make a fool of”) or fon, fonne (“foolish, simple, silly”),



[There is a common proto-Germanic root to 'laugh', although I think some of the wider links are more onomatopoeic than etymological. But the closest link to 'laughter' seems to be the Nordic branch-
Icelandic- hlátur, From Old Norse hlátr, from Proto-Germanic *hlahtraz (from *hlah- (“laugh”) ), whence also Danish latter, English laughter.]

Now how is that for a socio-political comment on foreign invasion and occupation! Whistle

(OK, 'laughable' is insulting as well. But I can't think of a single nice word from the risi/rid root. Think
Emel Rapchan
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Risible.

In Portuguese "RISO" / "RISADA" are words that denote something that deserves to be laughed and normally in a good way.
Emel Rapchan
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Risible:
- comic, comical, funny, laughable, mirthful, amusing
- humorous, ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, droll, side-splitting
thar
Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 10:37:19 AM

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Yes, just to be clear - I wasn't saying the words have bad meanings. Where they are the main word in a language they have the whole range of good emotion.

Just intereting that in English, they have taken the niche of negative meanings. And wondering if there is a socio-poltical reason for that, with the hierarchy of French and English languages after the Norman invasion and in Angevin times.

(Although I think the that niche is quite modern - apparently 'risible' used to describe a person who was able to laugh easily. But it certainly does not mean that now, in normal usage. Think
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risible

Definition: (adjective) Arousing or provoking laughter.
Synonyms: amusing, comic, comical, funny, laughable, mirthful
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