From nitwit to booty: Scientists reveal the funniest words

No matter how serious you may think you are, there are certain words that instantly bring a smile to your face.

Scientists have analysed a selection of English words, and revealed the 12 that we just can't help laughing at – including booty, booby, nitwit and hooter.

The researchers hope their findings will allow future studies to better understand the foundations of humour.

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No matter how serious you may think you are, there are certain words that instantly bring a smile to your face. Scientists have analysed a selection of English words, and revealed the 12 that we just can't help laughing at – including booty, booby, nitwit and hooter (stock image)

No matter how serious you may think you are, there are certain words that instantly bring a smile to your face. Scientists have analysed a selection of English words, and revealed the 12 that we just can't help laughing at – including booty, booby, nitwit and hooter (stock image)

12 FUNNIEST WORDS

Booty

Tit

Booby

Hooter

Nitwit

Twit

Waddle

Tinkle

Bebop

Egghead

Ass

Twerp

Psychologists from the University of Warwick analysed 5,000 randomly selected words, and asked 800 participants to rate them on how humorous they found each word.

Dr Tomas Engelthaler, who led the study, said: 'The research initially came about as a result of our curiosity.

'We were wondering if certain words are perceived as funnier, even when read on their own. It turns out that indeed is the case.'

The results showed that the words that were rated as the funniest were booty, tit, booby, hooter and nitwit.

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