Many definitions of types of laughter have been written and are available in the literary domain. However, I wish to cover some other aspects of laughter types and feel that these are quite humorous. Laughter is good for health indeed and also plays a very important part in our day to day life. I think that types of laughter depends on personality of an individual as well as circumstances that he/she encounters. Based on my observations , I have classified laughter into the following types.
- Mathematical/Algebraic. Many people laugh in steps and not in a continuous manner, like 1/2, 1 and 1/2, 2 and 1/2 and may be 3 and 1/2. a. 1/2. A small noise burst like Ha, in fact a very dry or conceited effort to laugh with a small grunt, as if a person is doing a favor on others. b. 1 and 1/2. A big HA followed by a quick concluding small grunt like ha. (Ha…ha) It appears that a person initially wanted to express joy but then suddenly wants to look sophisticated. c. 2 and 1/2 and higher steps. Laughter comes initially from heart but after some interval of time dies down like HA..HA..ha or higher in which HA could be a more multiple of prime numbers like 4,5,6 and sudden close up by a half laugh ha.
- Ravaan Hassa (laughter of a villain)/ Gabbar’s Laughter. To experience such a laughter one should see bollywood hindi movies in which a villain laughs his gut out. An interesting example is from film ‘Sholay’ in which Gabbar Singh after asking his companions, “Kitne Aadmi thay” (How many men were there), and trying to shoot the three defaulters with one bullet in his revolver gets amused and shouts, “Yeh teeno ke teeno bach gaye sale” (These three rascals have survived); starts a thunderous laugh which reverberates in the entire valley and his cronies also follow suit. The entire laughter episode concludes with Gabbar actually shooting and killing his three companions.
- A Confusing laugh (nor sure the person is laughing or crying). The rhythm here sounds like a laughter to begin with but at a later stage sounds like a cry thus confusing the listener whether a person is laughing or crying, like Ha..Ha..Ha..Ha..Ha.. Heen.. Heen.. Heeen……Eeen..een…eenn.
- Multi-Stroke laugh. A very longish laugh intermingled with bouts of cough which at times brings tear in the eyes of the person laughing. It may also cause bellyache. Generally initiated by carefree and happy go lucky persons.
- High society (sophisticated) laugh. It is actually not a laughter but pretension of it and usually adopted by party goer high society gents and ladies. They cover the corner of their mouth with handkerchief and let out a measured noise like He…he or oh..ho
- Laugh-Talk-Laugh sequence. Some people while indulging in a normal conversation start laughing heartily and they abruptly come back to the conversation and after sometime again drift back into laughter. Such a sequence continues till conversation goes on.
- A Donkey’s laugh. Such a laughter closely resembles braying of a donkey (Ass) and is undertaken by clownish personalities; aim is to attract the attention of the listeners. There may be many more varieties of laughter, which you might have observed; you are welcome to share your views with me on the subject. Have a smiling day. Guchi.