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Humor dates back to the Middle Ages, according to my trusty computer, Webster’s. “It states that it was believed that a person’s health and disposition were the result of a balance of four fluids in the body, “humors” from the Latin word “humor,” meaning “moisture.” The four fluids were blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile.

If a person had a cheerful disposition, it was said to be a result of an excess of blood.

A sluggish disposition was the result of an excess of phlegm.

A hot tempered disposition was said to be caused by an excess of yellow bile, and the disposition of a gloomy p...


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