Is a Joke Really Like a Frog?
A commonly accepted truth holds that to explain a joke ruins it.
But is it true?
Humor depends upon some level of shared ground -- a shared communal or cultural background that helps give the joke meaning. Whatever theory of humor you ascribe to, or whichever theory is appropriate to a particular joke (the exposure of incongruities, aggression, assertion of superiority, masked aggression, suspended defense mechanism, surprise, etc.), it is the…