How to Write Funny

How to Write Funny

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So, you need a few tips on how to write funny? No one knows exactly what makes a person laugh but I do know a couple of writing tricks to guarantee a giggle. First, I hunt in books, newspapers and the Internet for curious words and clever phrases. Then, I use my collection to enrich my writing and keep it fresh. Here are a few examples of my word anthology:


Pronounced (on-o-mat-o-pee-a): noun. The naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss)

Remember the classic 1960s Batman and Robin TV show?  The fight scenes were filled with delicious words like Zoink, Bam, Zap, Whammm and Krunch. Onomatopoeia will add a snap, crackle, and pop to your memoir, fiction and nonfiction stories. Try it.

You Tube Video – Batman Fight Scenes using Onomatopoeia

Yiddish Words

Originally, Yiddish was a language spoken only by Eastern European Jews. I fancy the look and sound of Yiddish words. They roll off the tongue, smooth and unique, adding the right amount of excitement to a sentence. Yiddish words make your characters unforgettable with spicy dialogue and description.


  • Oy vey – an exclamation of dismay, grief or exasperations like, “Woe is me.”
  • Schmooze – chat, make small talk, converse about nothing in particular.
  • Kvetsh – to complain, whine or fret
  • Shtick – a gimmick often done to draw attention to yourself
  • Bubbe – Grandmother
  • Mishegas – insanity or craziness

Check out “The Yiddish Handbook:  40 Words You Should Know.”

Funny Words

Some words capture your attention and demand to be noticed. I consider these “fun to say” words. They are fun to pronounce, fun to read and fun write. Use some of the examples below in your next writing assignment.


  • Effervescent – bubbling, vivacious, lively
  • Wasabi – Japanese condiment made from the root of an herb
  • Kerfuffle – a disorderly outburst or disturbance
  • Boondoggle – is a project that is considered a useless waste of both time and money
  • Guffaw – A hearty, boisterous burst of laughter
  • Gobbledygook – is jargon or especially convoluted language

Expand Your Vocabulary: Funny Words

C’mon, have some chutzpah and start your collection today. Watch how your writing becomes a better read. Shazam!

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  1. The youtube tells it all.

  2. I remember being on a plane and seeing a woman reading a book I had written that had been published a couple of years earlier. She was laughing hysterically. I was distraught. What? I don’t remember writing anything funny in that book. What the hell? After about 2 hours, I finally got up the nerve to introduce myself to her and ask her why she was laughing so much. She was thrilled, asked for my autograph and told me what a comedian I was. Who knew?! After that, I just embraced it and the let it fly! Adored the read, thanks for sharing.

  3. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    Yiddish words always make me smile. They are so descriptive. Great post.

  4. Shazam Kemosabe! Holy Homonym! There are no shortage of mishegas to comment upon! Love this post, Stacey!

  5. There IS no shortage? Whatever… Oy Vey!

  6. Good enough to print off and keep for future reference. Thanks.

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