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Why people think Germans aren't funny

Comedy has deep roots in German culture, with a strong appreciation of political satire as well as physical slapstick. Yet the Germans were voted in a 2011 survey by Badoo.com to be the least funny nationality, reinforcing a well-known stereotype of Germans having no humour.

Professor Nicola Mclelland, Head of the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, has written a top-three BBC news story about the way different languages are constructed affecting the way various cultures deliver and perceive jokes.

Read the news article on the BBC website here.

Posted on Tuesday 8th August 2017

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