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Witzelsucht

Definition: excessive facetiousness and inappropriate or pointless humor

Pronunciation: VIT-sel-zukt

Origin:

Directly from German. Witzeln is a sort of wisecrack or a joke, and sucht means an addiction or yearning.

Why this word?

Although I have the deep tendency to treat this noun as any other noun, this one is actually a neurological disorder, caused mainly by front lobe damage or trauma. Patients suffering Witzelsucht do not see the jokes their making as inappropriate or unfitting, nor do they respond to others’ reactions to their joking.

However, wouldn’t it be fair to say that the above has everything to do with any person with a bad sense of humor, front lobe trauma or not? I think that it is. People don’t have to be brain damaged to not be able to tell great jokes, nor do they need it to completely avoid any criticism to their behavior.

To an extent, we are all Witzelsucht patients. To see in its pathological, try to examine your response when your joke gives rise to eyebrow lifting and lip curling instead of the laughter you expected.

If you find the response disturbing in any way- you’re just fine; just try to keep a low humoristic profile and you have a shot at real friends!

How to use the word Witzelsucht in a sentence?

“Spending time with Erin is really hard! She seems to have a very bad case of Witzelsucht- she’s everything but funny and she won’t accept it!”

“John’s Witzelsucht was much worse once- his sense of humor improved since we told him it was really bad…”

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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