In the context of cancer, humour and joking can still be socially unacceptable. Yet, people with cancer sometimes find comfort in making light of their often life-threatening situations, especially when they are amongst themselves. In this talk, I discuss humorous anecdotes and metaphor scenarios on a thread entitled “For those with a warped sense of humour WARNING- no punches pulled here”, hosted on a UK-based online forum dedicated to cancer. The thread has 68 contributors, who produced over half a million words in over 2500 posts (roughly 90% by patients). I focus on the functions of these humorous interactions and show how, through their co-created nature and metaphorical entailments, they create a sense of solidarity and community in a situation where people can feel isolated.
BionoteI work at the intersections of language, mind and health(care), exploring mental/physical illness. Examining the language of patients, carers, healthcare professionals, journalists, poets, writers, etc. I focus on how they say what they say to understand what it means to be unwell today.
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