• What Dad Expected of Me in the Way Of Amusement 230
    What Dad Expected of Me in the Way Of Amusement 230
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj amused pleasantly occupied "We are not amused" -Queen Victoria"
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I amused myself by dropping gingerbread nuts over the seat I amused myself by dropping gingerbread nuts over the seat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1986, a drunk fan got into a pace car at Talladega Superspeedway, and started joyriding on the track in front of a nationwide audience. The police cruisers who had to chase him around the track were not amused when they caught and arrested him
    • Amused Diverted.
    • Amused Expressing amusement; as, an amused look.
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  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.”
  • Evelyn Waugh
    “We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for our ability to amuse them.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till grief be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.”
  • James A. Froude
    “Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.”
  • Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    “We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “I am a great friend to public amusements, for they keep the people from vice.”


In literature:

A more witty, a more amusing figure does not exist.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
He longed to provoke it again, to cross over to her and say, 'What amused you?
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
It would have afforded vast amusement to the Yankees.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
The first part that I chanced upon was curious and amusing.
"In Nesting Time" by Olive Thorne Miller
Then he turned his gaze aft; and encountered the amused scrutiny of a man leaning on a wheel in a little house.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Once she smiled, but it was little more than an amused flicker; the mouth did not relax.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
She was a trifle amused and a trifle annoyed.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
The last two days have been more amusing and interesting than the preceding ones.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
He was leaning back, listening to odd bits of conversation, a smile of amusement on his face.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
The girls were secretly amused at Miss Sallie's social ambitions.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
But biographers seek far more to amuse and astonish, in order that their writings may be read, than to adhere to the simple truth.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Lady Harcourt did whatever in her lay to amuse her guest; but Adela was one who did not require much amusing.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
And we agreed it would be best to have the harp, for it seems to amuse her more than the piano-forte.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Amusement has been made of so small account in our philosophy of life, that we are raw and unpracticed in being amused.
"Household Papers and Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The enemy have long lain idle, and amused themselves with carrying on the war by proclamations only.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
She broke into an amused giggle, the note he sometimes fancied she kept for him alone.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
One girl especially amused them.
"Cinderella Jane" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
Looking up, Lionel saw with amused surprise that for once fate was playing into his hands; his dreams were coming true.
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird
The story of the Babes in the Wood is only amusing to those who listen.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
It has amused everyone.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 6" by Guy de Maupassant

In poetry:

Then currant wine and ginger pops
Stood handily on all the "tops;"
And also, with amusement rife,
A "Zoetrope, or Wheel of Life."
"Captain Reece" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I knew the dye that he used.
I heard the stitch of my shroud.
I confess I was somewhat amused
At the fury that burst like a cloud.
"Bluebeard’s First Wife" by Leon Gellert
That month, that vasty carmine cave,
Could munch with ease a Nubian slave;
In fact, the bill-board hippopot-
amus could bolt a house and lot!
"Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels" by Ellis Parker Butler
I shall not want Society in Heaven,
Lucretia Borgia shall be my Bride;
Her anecdotes will be more amusing
Than Pipit's experience could provide.
"A Cooking Egg" by T S Eliot
Isn't she lovely, "the Mistress"?
With her wide-apart grey-green eyes,
The droop of her lips and, when she smiles,
Her glance of amused surprise?
"Lenten Thoughts Of A High Anglican" by Sir John Betjeman
With grave, kind look the mother gazed
Into her darling's beaming eyes:—
"My child such reading may amuse,
But will not make you good and wise."
"Pictures of Memory" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Keith Richards is not amused.
Michael Bisping has been amused by Brian Stann's claims that his chin is suspect heading into their UFC 152 showdown, pointing out that the American has hardly built a granite reputation of his own.
I have been stealing a line here and there from Kurt Vonnegut as long as I can recall, and the only consolation was that he knew it and found it a bit amusing.
Even the way it was written on the report card—"macaroni labor ," with the "er" added afterward— seemed amusing.
Preschooler Lulu, told to amuse herself, mopes about for a bit, then finds that her ladybug costume—red tutu, wings, red polka-dot boots and a headband with antennae—helps her morph into a bigger, braver character.
An amusing spoof of the great Middle American cross-country bacchanalz summer vacation.
During a layover in Nashville, Tennessee, he decided to spend some time in the Music City amusing himself.
Thank you very much for two copies of your review ( NYR, November 24, 1977) with the Cranberry Sauce, so tasty, amusing, and informative thanks to Mr Nicolas Nabokov's new article.
The most-visited website in the amusement industry – – has undergone a complete renovation.
When, exactly, did newspaper comic strips cease to be funny or amusing in any way.
They Go with Their Gut–A Unique Form of Locomotion and a Crazy, Amusing Crawl.
OCEAN CITY – Jolly Roger Amusement Park's Splash Mountain Waterpark is adding a new attraction this year, the Aqua Loop , the only looping waterslide on the east coast.
Six Flags contends that they contacted the family of a girl who lost both feet on a ride at their Kentucky Kingdom amusement park last Thursday.
National Amusements is building theaters with restaurants to keep consumers on the premises.
She's merciless—basically Lisa Lampanelli with a bigger schlong—and can cut you faster than an angry pimp, but much more amusingly.

In science:

It is amusing to note that the above generalization of the theory may be viewed as allowing Planck’s constant to become a function of the wave vector squared, or equivalently the mass of the associated free particle.
On a Generalization in Quantum Theory: Is $\hbar$ Constant?
For instance, it is amusing to note that physicists must publish in reputed journals while conference proceedings are of secondary importance.
Quantum Cryptography
It is amusing to note that the dynamical equation describing optical pulse propagation (in the usual slowly varying envelope aproximation) is identical to the Schr¨odinger equation, with V (x, y ) = −n(x, y ) (Snyder 1983).
Quantum Cryptography
Porod 2000), illustrating an amusing synergy between accelerator and underground experiments.
Status of Neutrino Oscillations
It is amusing to note in passing that the observations of this pictorial subsection are, on the face of it, applicable as approximation schemes to matrix-like structures anywhere.
Blocking up D-branes : Matrix renormalization ?
It is amusing that a simple estimate gives an energy right near where a Central Plateau, in which the particle density is constant with rapidity, first appears.
Theory at Quark Matter '02
In this context it is amusing to note that if there would exist a gauge-invariant 1 2 -BPS operator of weight k = 1 (corresponding to the singleton multiplet of the AdS supergravity), then the matching supergravity-induced amplitude could be proportional to D1113 .
On a Large N Degeneracy in N=4 SYM and the AdS/CFT Correspondence
Dark energy provides something meaty yet doable in between and promises to keep cosmology intellectually vibrant for some time. I was amused at this conference at how some of us evidently feel discom fited by recent success.
CIW Cosmology Symposium: Conference Summary -- Observations
This model embodies a couple of amusing features: in the correct vacuum hφi = a, the graviton mass is of Fierz-Pauli type and describes five degrees of freedom in D = 4, the vacuum energy vanishes, and no mixing is present between graviton and dilaton.
Issues on tadpoles and vacuum redefinitions in String Theory
MP ∼ 1019 GeV (the Planck mass scale), can actually be accounted for (in an amusing coincidence?) by the scale of the neutrino mass differences used in order to explain the oscillation experiments.
Theory of Neutrinos: A White Paper
It is amusing to see that (4.4) belongs to the class of generalized Lotka-Volterra systems.
Stochastic Deformations of Sample Paths of Random Walks and Exclusion Models
Since there are twin poles in this approach with equal magnitude ± imaginary parts, and they are at the lowenergy “head” of the I=0 ππ scattering amplitude in the complex E plane, it is amusing to refer to these poles as the eyes of the red dragon.
Meson2006 Summary: Theory
We are extremely grateful to a number of people who have given us both guidance and amusement in thinking about these problems (and some for commenting on the manuscript): Phil Nelson, Dan Herschlag, Ken Dill, Kings Ghosh, Mandar Inamdar.
A First Exposure to Statistical Mechanics for Life Scientists
In everyday life we use humour for amusement, as ”a means of extracting pleasure from the psychical process” and we never ask ourselves why nature has provided us with the sense of humour.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
On general grounds the both sides of (2) are expected to possess this amusing symmetry .
Alday-Maldacena duality and AdS Plateau problem