Tacit Definition Of Tacit Social Contract Essay

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Cicero once stated, “The most common kind of joke is that in which we expect one thing and another is said; here our own disappointed expectation makes us laugh.” (Critchley, 2004, p.1) Jokes are the result of a disappointed expectation joke such as “A horse walks into a bar. The bartender asks "Why the long face?" The horse does not respond because it is a horse. It can neither speak nor understand English. It is confused by its surroundings and gallops out of the bar, knocking over a few tables.” The listener is expecting to hear one thing but when the punchline is something they weren’t expecting, they laugh.
2) What is "tacit social contract"? And why is it important for a joke to take place?

“Tacit social contract” is an agreement regarding our social world as the implied background to the joke. Tacit implies what constitutes joking “for us’. Tacit consensus has to be established in order for the incongruity of the joke to been seen as humorous. Because, there has to be “a congruence between joke structure and social incongruity-no social congruity, no comic incongruity.” (Critchley, 2004, p.4) If the tacit congruence or implicit congruence is absent, the joke will not come across as humorous or may not be understood and thus laughter may not result.

3) How do you understand Critchley 's point that jokes are ANTI-RITES? (Look up the word 'rite ' to be sure) A rite is an established ritual or symbolic act. Jokes serve as ‘anti-rites’ because they “mock, parody or…

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