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An anecdote usually is a short narrative of an interesting, amusing, or biographical incident. Many anecdotes can seem a bit tendentious at first glance - and there is nothing wrong with that, after all. Anecdotes are often rich sources of good points, "anti-cultured cultured", "cultured anti-cultured" and not easily thought of ways and deals and means.

The word anecdote comes through French from the Greek anekdota, which means "unpublished items". Usually it means some short narrative of such as an interesting, amusing, or biographical incident, suggests the Encyclopedia Britannica. In addition or on top of that the anecdote can be:

  • Interesting, amusing,
  • Often quite tactless and biographical - in part like a close-up picture.
  • Fairly odd or halfway so.
  • Like a sketch also.
  • Deals with intimate matters.
  • Differs from articles.
  • It can be terse, and brutal with insiders.

Further, anecdotes are pointed and often barbed tales. Many of them may give the impression of being quite lenient. Some may seem fantastic. However, anecdotes differ a whole lot.

Many sorts of anecdotes:
Things can be blended: Soft-looking, bold and pertinent, quant - or modern and at times also adequate.
Some serve much as an apropos; others suggest - perhaps suggest adaptations out of hand, and alternative outlooks.
There is much more to say about them.

Anecdote 1. Drifting along and caring little

AN ANT once climbed a big tree and got out on a branch that suddenly broke off and fell into a torrential stream. The little ant perched on top of the branch as it drifted towards the falls. All the time the little ant was grinning. Why? He thought he was driving.

Are you floating along with the stream today?

Anecdote 2. Dandy reply by Sir Bertrand Russell

BERTRAND Russell was put in jail for anti-war activities during World War I. As he answered the question about his religious affiliation with the term ‘agnostic’, the jailer commented to him:

"Ah yes, we all worship him in our own way, don't we?"

Anecdote 3. What Ulysses was shown

Plato tells of how spirits of the other world came back to find bodies and places to work. One took the body of a poet and did his work. Finally, Ulysses came and said, "All the fine bodies have been taken and all the grand work done. There is nothing for me."

"Mind," said a voice, "the best has been left for you - the body of a common man, doing a common work for a common reward." [see Of]

Anecdote 4. The Devil's Cousin

When Philip Dormer Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773) was in administration, he proposed a person to fill a place of great trust, but which the king himself was determined should be filled by another. The council, however, resolved not to indulge the king, and it was Lord Chesterfield's business to present the grant of office for the king to sign it.

Not to incense his majesty by asking him abruptly, he asked the king what name he would be pleased to have the blanks filled up with. "With the devil's!" replied the king, in a paroxysm of rage.

"And shall the document instructions," said the earl, "run as usual: "Our trusty and well-beloved cousin and counsellor?"

This made the king laugh heartily and sign the grant. [Mark Lemon. The Jest Book, 1864, No. CLXVI]

Anecdote 5. The Lovely Rose

anecdotes While a violet stood pitying herself for being short, a rose said to her. "I for my part think you are lovely, little sister. Be satisfied with being just the one you are."

That afternoon a man came to the garden to take a rest, attracted by the delicate beauty and lovely smell of the rose. He cut its long, graceful neck, and just a moment later, when he had sniffed the lovely fragrance to his satisfaction, he threw the rose away.

"See?" gasped the rose to the violet.

The Anecdote Understood

Costly anecdotes are hardly a burden

We may derive up to useful lessons from historical anecdotes, quite as from fables and parables.

In anecdotes there are hopefully solid, good points that some people still delight in.

The anecdote is a pointed story, and a well-lived life looms very much taller. (3)

We do well in staying as first-class as we can master or others can absorb without being smashed or ruined from our side.

"Who thinks a joke is just a joke, and seriousness only serious, he and she have in fact understood both poorly." - Rendering of the first Kumbel's Gruk by Danish Piet Hein. (6)

You may inspect look into the obvious string or chain of action in the anecdote, themes involved, for tall stories can reveal common adaptations well, even in offhand-looking fashion. [Cf. Pan] (8)

Deft use of anecdotes hardly make you a claqueur. [T+]

Lo If you condense a "Get Tao" essay according to the rules that are laid out, you get a summary, or gist, that forms the groundwork for a terse narrative, if you so choose. If you then let animals or celebrieties speak up and act from that basic groundwork, you get not only good wit and humour, but also poetry. There is a set of rules for each of these.

Anecdotes tell of lives -

And serve as a gate to common, former adaptations,

Claqueurs use afterwards.

There can be fun in seeing current and former adaptations

From smarter angles than usual ones too.

Truths from humour

Anecdotes often have great entertainment value, apart from their often biographical hints, and may help learning greatly. They say Abraham Lincoln used them constantly, that is, more frequently than often.

Anecdotes are based on real life, incidents pertaining to actual persons, famous or not, in real places. A real-life anecdote may in time be changed into a fictional anecdote, one that is retold without being all accurate or all true.

Humorous anecdotes may not always be just jokes, and their main or somewhat hidden purpose may not simply be to evoke laughter, but to reveal some truth or higher insight of general ideas and persons in a light that may evoke insight and humour together.

An anecdote contains an illustrative incident. "Life's like that" may be a reaction to a well-told anecdote.

The content of the anecdote - it is a popular and versatile literary genre - may be related to the local culture. Heinz Grothe discerns between gossip anecdotes, anecdotes of social differences, historical anecdotes, anecdotes of being fellows, and wandering anecdotes. And through anecdotal stories, country people remember funny incidents and persons, village originals, remarkable occurrences, buildings and things, says Ann Helene Skjelbred (Hlv 39, 40, 41, 176).

Good points may be built into tales about comical incidents, and maybe elaborated on top of that. Also, a certain grasp of what it is that basically makes situations humorous, can assist in making embarrassing incidents, social and other blunders, and faux pas rather entertaining in time (Hlv 49, 55, 56ff).

The anecdote is also understood as a story that tells something unusual about a persons or persons, a happening, or a thing. It may quote a quick-witted remark or portray an unusual happening, writes Birgit H. Johnsen. Yet it will be a product of a racounteur or author that people laugh at in such and most other cases of planned humour, quite as the Finnish Olli Alho observes (see Hlv 1997, 39, 48).

In such ways as are shown here and still more ways the anecdote may be a little piece of human experience transformed into art, as Heinz Grothe notes in Anekdote (1971, p. 5ff) (see Hlv 1997, 39).

Hasidic Anecdotes

A rabbi in Hasidism delivers his instructions also in the form of stories. Dr. Martin Buber says the tale and anecdote are the most authentic expression of the doctrine and the spirituality of Hasidism. Yet it is first of all in doctrine-aiding sermons that Hasidic "rabbis" express their thought, which can be very diversified.

The Hasidic pietistic-mystical movement rose within Jewish religion in Eastern Europe at the end of the 1700s and begat a host of legend-like anecdotes that were centred in the lives, wise sayings, and miracles of such zaddiks ("prophets" of Jewish mysticism) as Dov Baer of Meseritz (dead 1772). Rather than being formally strict, severe and topic-structured stories these are rich in wit - they are anecdotes that are often borrowed from non-Jewish sources.

Have lots of fun

A historical anecdotes fairly often contain one original embarrassment at bottom. The fit points beneath the surface veneer in costly anecdotes may sabotage unfair might and all too common pretenders. Hence, salient and proficient use of humour can back you up. Besides, good humour is found to be beneficial for health.

The finest anecdotes hardly have to be good-natured, only historical.

We may derive handsome lessons and half-norms from witticism and historical anecdotes Mathematics-served (vector-based) half-humour is here.

What should be good to get to grips with in a standard penetration into the humour, is the main events. They tend to reveal challenges, but not all of them.

Both humour and machines should help us all to carry on. To do so, learn to make good use of them. It is no small challenge.

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