laughter

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The activity of laughing; the manifestation of mirth or joy, or, less commonly, sarcasm or scorn
Alternative medicine See Laughter club, Laughter therapy, Laughter yoga
Neurology Spasmodic and largely involuntary expirations often accompanied by inarticulate vocalisations, generally evoked by mirth
Physiology Laughter increases blood flow to the brain and activates neural networks—e.g., nucleus accumbens (NAcc) and amygdala. Functional MRI data suggests that the increase in blood flow to NAcc evoked by extreme humour is similar to that triggered by monetary gain or use of some addictive drugs; a key symptom of depression is the lack of a sense of reward from previously rewarding activities—e.g., humour
Psychiatry Laughter is regarded as the most effective coping skill for anxiety-panic disorders and may temporarily alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and depression

laughter

(laf′tĕr)
A series of inarticulate sounds produced as an expression of emotion, usually happiness or mirth. The role of humor and laughter in promoting a positive attitude and health and in preventing the progress of some diseases has been documented esp. when it is combined with proven medical therapies.

compulsive laughter

Laughter without cause, occurring in certain psychoses, esp. schizophrenia.

pathological laughter

Uncontrolled laughter (occasionally accompanied by, or alternating with, uncontrolled crying), caused by pseudobulbar lesions of the brain. These lesions may result from lacunar strokes, multiple sclerosis, anoxic brain injury, and other forms of brain injury.
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So when it emerged that Martin McGuinness claimed he left the IRA in the early 70s, those with a titter of wit began to invoke the code.
Not that Titter is real but a character created by actor Terry Kilkelly.
THEATRE Aladdin, Liverpool Empire, until January 2, 0844 847 2525; Sleeping Beauty, Everyman, until January 22, 151 709 4776; Scouse Pacific, Royal Court, until January 8, 0870 787 1866; Cinderella, above, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, until January 2; No Wise Men, Liverpool Playhouse, until January 15, 0151 709 4776; Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, St Helens Theatre Royal, until January 9, 01744 756000; The Red Shoes, The Unity, until January 22, 0844 873 2888; Terry Titter, The Unity, until December 18, 0844 873 2888; Aladdin, Southport Theatre, until January 2, 0844 847 2380; Aladdin, The Brindley, Runcorn, until January 9, 0151 907 8360.
Martin mentions a plus-size bimbo he once bedded as "Large Alice," which makes fans of Albee's Tiny Alice titter.
And Terry Kilkelly - aka Terry Titter - is preparing to blast off with his latest Christmas show at the Unity theatre this week.
GErmAnS struggle to raise a titter and are the least funny nation in the world.
THEATRE Aladdin, Liverpool Empire, until January 2, 0844 847 2525; Sleeping Beauty, Everyman, until January 22, 151 709 4776; Scouse Pacific, above, Royal Court, until January 8, 0870 787 1866; No Wise Men, Liverpool Playhouse, until January 15, 0151 709 4776; Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, St Helens Theatre Royal, until January 9, 01744 756000; The Red Shoes, The Unity, until January 22, 0844 873 2888; Terry Titter, The Unity, until December 18, 0844 873 2888; Aladdin, Southport Theatre, until January 2, 0844 847 2380; Aladdin, The Brindley, Runcorn, until January 9, 0151 907 8360.
IT'S a super soar-away sunshine special at the Unity next week with Terry Titter arriving for his annual summer stay at the Hope Place theatre.
TERRY TITTER (the creation of Liverpool actor/comedian Terry Kilkelly) is a strange character with his loud jacket, painted on toothbrush moustache and up-front delivery.
Not even the laugh track can rouse itself beyond a titter most of the time.
Terry Titter (pictured, aka Liverpool actor and comedian Terry Kilkelly) brings his now annual festive feast of fun to the Unity Theatre this week.
THEATRE Aladdin, Liverpool Empire, until January 2, 0844 847 2525; Sleeping Beauty, Everyman, until January 22, 151 709 4776; Scouse Pacific, Royal Court, until January 8, 0870 787 1866; No Wise Men, Liverpool Playhouse, until January 15, 151 709 4776; Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, St Helens Theatre Royal, until January 9, 01744 756000; The Red Shoes, The Unity, until January 22, 0844 873 2888; Terry Titter, The Unity, until December 18, 0844 873 2888; Aladdin, Southport Theatre, until January 2, 0844 847 2380; Aladdin, The Brindley, Runcorn, until January 9, 0151 907 8360.