The language of jokes online
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The language of jokes online book
Verbal language is of utmost importance in users' relationship with the internet; after all, it is principally words that drive the internet. In a real-life joke-capping session people will typically take turns at telling a succession of jokes, with each joke being different from the next and separated by laughter or at the very least by the verbal evaluation of the joke by other listeners. Starting with examples of purely verbal online humour, the chapter provides an overview of some of the different types of computer-mediated humour available on a variety of virtual platforms. Threads containing long stretches of ping-pong-punning (PPP) appear in online newspapers during live coverage of televised events. In contrast to joke-capping, in PPP there are no actual jokes involved. The chapter examines three sets of memes that target Italians; those regarding what is commonly considered to be Italians' excessive use of gesticulation, those regarding their obsession with food, and jokes about their military cowardice.