Semantic Mechanisms of Humor pp Cite as. Sexual humor is defined here as including any verbal joke which contains an explicit or implicit reference to sexual intercourse. This is not meant to include references to phenomena immediately adjacent to sex if intercourse is not mentioned directly nor directly alluded to. Thus, most of the usual mother-in-law jokes see, for instance, Alll or marital jokes see, for instance, 24ii , 25i or 37 are not included in sexual humor because, while it is customary for husbands and wife to engage in intercourse, sex is not what these jokes are about.
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