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The definition of "humor" and "sense of humor" has changed drastically since the Roman Empire. At some points in history, having a sense of humor was a positive aspect of life, and at other times, humor was considered unnecessary and undesirable. The word "humor" comes from a Latin word, "humor" which means "moisture." The term referred to the fluids of the body: blood, phlegm, choler (yellow bile), and melancholy (black bile) (Cornett, 1986; Weaver & Cotrell, 1987). Variant mixtures of these fluids (humours) was said to determine an individual's temperament. If the proper balance was evident, a person was in good humor. Too much of one fluid caused moods to appear. The prescription for foul moods or for controlling bad temper caused by excessive "humours" was laughter.

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Master of Arts in Education


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William Waack


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