One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The part of the elbow over which the ulnar nerve passes. A knock on the funny bone may cause numbness and pain along the forearm and hand.
- ‘So my first thought and the first doctors that saw me thought it might be some physiological thing, like I hit my funny bone for something.’
- ‘I tried to give him the thumbs up but banged my funny bone on the pole and had to shriek in pain.’
- ‘Likewise, plenty of medical research goes into looking at the problems of fracturing a bone, but little is done towards researching the effects of the funny bone.’
- ‘Lovejoy started to feel a funny bone type sensation in his thumb.’
- ‘My entire forearm, elbow to fingertips, was tingling like I'd hit my funny bone.’
- ‘I'm here to say, would you all pick up your elbow and whack your funny bone and feel that pain that stops you in your tracks from doing what you're doing?’
- ‘Come on, people, let's put the hurt on some funny bones!’
- ‘I threw myself onto a stool and in the process, not only really hurt my butt, but also hit my funny bone.’
- ‘I squeezed my fingers trying to get the tingly feeling of hitting my funny bone.’
- ‘He grabbed it and rubbed his funny bone vigorously until the pain ebbed.’
- ‘A tap to the right spot behind the elbow, the so-called funny bone, can cause pain and tingling sensations to shoot down your forearm.’
- ‘Instead, it sent his elbow into a nerve shock as he felt his funny bone go haywire.’
- ‘You hit your funny bone and your arm goes numb (it has happened).’
- ‘Casey's right elbow hit something solid and she bit her lip, feeling the nerve in her arm, her funny bone, twinge.’
- ‘Sky High nudges your funny bone and then stands back with a hearty grin and says, ‘No offence, buddy.’’
- 1.1 A person's sense of humor, as located in an imaginary physical organ.‘photographs to jostle the mind and the funny bone’
- ‘He is intrigued by her wry tone, uncertain of her sincerity, their funny bones still not comfortably connected.’
- ‘Executives from some of the country's blue-chip companies dress up in silly wigs and clothes in an attempt to locate their funny bones and get rid of their pent-up feelings.’
- ‘No amount of cajoling can tickle someone's funny bone if the inherent sense of humor needed for that type of joke just isn't there.’
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