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Are anecdotes always funny/amusing??!!!

I am reading a book where the father tells a sad story that tells the history of the main characters brother, and it is not amusing or funny. Is it an anecdote?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/17/2017 - 05:17

It is an anecdote

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:42

Once again, does it ALWAYS have to be amusing, or can it be like a brief storyline to help the story along? Because if I'm wrong, which I may be, I've been doing this wrong the whole time.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:57


Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 19:22
anecdotal ALWAYS means "amusing" ?

Perhaps anecdotal material tends to always contain an amusing element when we're speaking literarily (which is what you appear to be saying above), but not when we leak over into other disciplines. For example, when we're speaking about "anecdotal evidence" when referring to one's health or even a scientific experiment, "anecdotal records" or "anecdotal evidence" merely means there is not a strictly scientifically conducted accounting of gathered evidence supporting an hypothesis. "Anecdotal evidence," in other words, is more "word-of-mouth" or something presented "in story form." Your pediatrician might state on your child's heath chart, for example, that you (the mother) presented anecdotal evidence indicating the child had a normal temperature the entire week before he turned into a vampire. (What's funny about that?)

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 17:24
Don't confuse the scientific meaning with the literary meaning

Consider the difference between the scientific and colloquial meanings of the word "theory." While "it's just a theory" works well in detective fiction, there is no such sentence in the language of science, because a theory has been peer-reviewed, tested, and consistently produces predictions which can be verified by experiment.

In science, "anecdote" means "an unverified report" with no overtones of amusement or interest.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 16:47


Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:34
I agree


Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/01/2015 - 18:18

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