gallows humor


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gallows humor

Humor that aims to make grim subjects, like death, funny or comical. (A "gallows" is the wooden frame from which criminals were traditionally hanged.) A: "Why would he say a morbid thing like that?" B: "Oh, that's just how Uncle Ned is—he's prone to gallows humor."
See also: humor
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Anyone in the habit of reading the New York Times will have no trouble recognizing a few of the book's characters, and reporters and editors will probably share a great deal of the author's gallows humor.
In the back of the room, between chip munching, legislative aides share the gallows humor with right-wing journalists about getting "murdered in Indiana.
Lopez extrapolates from the illogical, lobs in some gallows humor, and creates new absurdities.
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gallows humor is designed precisely to uncover the naked truth, however painful that flaying may be.
Zingeris writes with a sort of dry gallows humor that serves basically as a protective cover over the deep wound of pity for his evanescent heroes, his love for them, and his fragile pride in their noble humanity.
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Project Titanic" nicknames: "Another form of gallows humor, but usually a more serious indication that the project team has lost faith, lost respect, and lost any real interest in whether the project will succeed.
But all 20th-century ambiguity and gallows humor aside, I must confess I've come around to relics.
Although at first glance The Cat Inside looks like a cute little book about kitties, closer inspection will find Burroughs's celebrated irony, gallows humor, apocalyptic fears, brutal lyricism, and mythological interests.
Commonly referred to as gallows humor, it is used by groups in dire circumstances to help them endure their fate by looking it in the eye and laughing at it.
Having spent a good portion of his youth in jail, he utilized this experience as the basis of his two plays, The Quare Fellow (1956), a memorable exercise of gallows humor, and The Hostage (1958).
Eli Roth's teen gorefest, hailed by The New York Times as an "unusually potent blend of dread, gore and gallows humor.
Gallows humor will have young fans of the paranormal simultaneously giggling and cringing as Dead Riding Hood haunts the village children.
Gallows humor is humor that treats serious, frightening, or painful subject matter in a light or satirical way.