- Published: 19 Oct 2010 at 08.49
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If you seem to laugh less as you grow older, you are not alone.
Grumpy old Brits
LONDON: Britons find being older than 52 is nothing to laugh about because that’s the age when they start becoming grumpy, according to a survey released yesterday.
The poll of 2,000 Britons found those over 50 laughed far less than their younger counterparts and complained far more. While infants laughed up to 300 times a day, that figure had fallen to an average of six laughs by teenage years and only 2.5 chuckles for those over 60.
Men were also found to be grumpier than women. One reason for the decline in mirth might be the lack of joke-telling skills. The study found the average Briton only knows two jokes. REUTERS
grumpy – unhappy and dissatisfied, often for no obvious reason อารมณ์เสีย, อารมณ์ไม่ดี
release – to allow something to be shown or known to the public or to be available for use เปิดเผย
counterpart – someone or something that has the same job or purpose as another person or thing, but in a different country, time, situation, or organisation (in this case, both are coaches) ผู้ที่คล้ายกันมาก
infant – a baby or a very young child ทารก, เด็กอ่อน
chuckle – to laugh quietly, especially in a private or secret way การหัวเราะเบาๆ
decline – to become less or worse ลดลง
mirth – happy laughter ความรื่นเริง, ความสนุกสนาน