Open Access Graduate Research Paper
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.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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©1990 Jill M. Uhlenberg
Uhlenberg, Jill M., "The development of sense of humor as a characteristic of giftedness in young children" (1990). Graduate Research Papers. 3526.