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Posted in Unusual medical terms with tags , , on May 15, 2008 by Dr. CJ

I came across this term when doing a trivia “game” on medical terms.  I got a kick out of it.  It’s obviously of German origin, and I enjoy a lot of the original meaning contained in foreign words, though they unfortunately lose a lot in translation.  I’m not up on my German any more to offer any insight on this one, but it literally translates to “joke seeking”.

Definition (from the trivia game):  A mental condition characterized by the making of poor jokes and puns. 

Definition (from excessive facetiousness and inappropriate or pointless humor especially when considered as part of an abnormal condition.

There’s also a decent little entry on Wikipedia, which confirms what I found in my quick review of the medical literature when I did a search for that term.

That was a fun, mindless diversion, even though it was still medically related.