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What is this method of joking about a morbid situation called?

Gallows Humor "humor that relates to very serious or frightening things (such as death and illness)" -- Merriam-Webster Personally, if I were to read this term or hear it in certain contexts, I ...
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Verb meaning "to alter someone's famous saying"

Is 'Misquote' not an acceptable answer? Misquote - quote (a person or a piece of written or spoken text) inaccurately.
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What is so bad about puns?

It's not generally to excuse a pun, but to draw attention to it. Sometimes "no pun intended" is an edit, or when the author/speaker realised an accidental pun (and in the case of writing decided ...
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Verb meaning "to alter someone's famous saying"

With apologies to - Although this has been trotted out a bit too often, it nevertheless does what you want - it shows you know what you did, and acknowledges you did it on purpose. It is the ...
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What type of humor would racist and sexist jokes be categorized into?

You could say those types of jokes are off-color humor: Off-color Humor Humor that deals with topics that may be considered to be in poor taste or overly vulgar. Most commonly labeled as "...
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Verb meaning "to alter someone's famous saying"

To bastardise Churchill's famous saying, I have nothing to offer but blood, sweat and misquotes The link is to Cambridge dictionary, where bastardise is defined as to change something in a way that ...
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What is this method of joking about a morbid situation called?

"black humor" seems to fit. black humor - humor marked by the use of usually morbid, ironic, grotesquely comic episodes. black humour, also called black comedy, writing that juxtaposes ...
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What does this joke between Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra mean?

In this quip, the term fairy is being used to imply homosexuality. "Fairy" is a somewhat archaic term for homosexuality that today would be considered offensive. Nels Anderson in The Hobo (1923) ...
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What type of humor would racist and sexist jokes be categorized into?

This sort of humour is the opposite of politically correct, so would be classified as politically incorrect. It is sometimes used carefully and intelligently to point up the excesses of political ...
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Closest equivalent to the Chinese jocular use of 职业病 (occupational disease): job creates habits that manifest inappropriately outside work

The most straightforwardly similar term is "occupational hazard", which is frequently used this way (in my experience). Bruce Sterling writes in his book "The Hacker Crackdown": ...
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Verb meaning "to alter someone's famous saying"

You say you are looking for 'way of saying that you are slightly, but intentionally, modifying a famous phrase'. Breaking that down, it seems that the modification would be obvious, leaving the need ...
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What constitutes humor on this "i before e" coffee mug text?

"i before e except after c"* is a spelling "rule" that many people remember from school or just because it's often repeated. It refers to words like "piece" to help ...
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What type of wordplay joins two phrases together on a single syllable?

Your example involves enjambment, homophones, and mind rhyme. Enjambment is the running together of lines. In a normal case of enjambment, a complete clause is separated over two lines, as in this ...
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What type of humor would racist and sexist jokes be categorized into?

If you mean gags based on race or gender, then mostly the jokes themselves come from stereotype humour, which is extremely common. "BMW drivers are arrogant and selfish". "Scientists are socially ...
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What is so bad about puns?

However, I can not wrap my head around why are you constantly excusing/explaning something so innocent(?) as pun. [...] We don't excuse puns in my native language, in my country, we just laugh it off. ...
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Closest equivalent to the Chinese jocular use of 职业病 (occupational disease): job creates habits that manifest inappropriately outside work

In English, in a conversation, we can say "Sorry, work habit" followed by a sheepish smile or "(It's) just a work habit". It's difficult to find written usages as it is mainly ...
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What does this joke between Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra mean?

A common meaning for fairy is homosexual (most dictionaries warn that this use is offensive), and that is one of its uses here. The usual meaning of fairy godmother is a magical woman who watches over ...
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What is so bad about puns?

Dispensing with Distraction Mostly I think it is the speaker saying either I’m clever, I spotted the accidental pun or else I’m funny, I made a pun, but there is a possible third reason: distraction. ...
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What is this method of joking about a morbid situation called?

The word you're looking for might be Macabre The usage here would be something like Your sense of humor is rather macabre. The word itself often has the connotation of an almost flippant ...
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Verb meaning "to alter someone's famous saying"

If you wish to signal that you are playing with the quotation, you could write: "As Churchill might have said-" or "With apologies to Churchill-" or even "As Churchill never said-" But ...
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What does "are nines" mean in this context?

It's common to rate people's qualities (beauty, wealth, personality, etc.) on a 10 point scale, with 10 being perfection and 0 or 1 being least desirable. A "nine" is someone who is almost ...
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Word for nonce antonyms formed by reversing idioms

There is nothing in English that is “not proper” There can be things that are not common (e.g. obsequious or morrow), inappropriate for the context (e.g. street language in Parliament or vice-versa), ...
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Where is the humour in the following citation?

I have a different view of the humour than @Shoe. The humour is based on the fact that newborn babies do not speak at all! Babies generally learn to speak some time after their 1st birthday. Thus, ...
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What is this method of joking about a morbid situation called?

You might consider, morbid humor/humour Google Books morbid relating to unpleasant subjects (such as death) M-W
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Verb meaning "to alter someone's famous saying"

Tweak 3. to make a minor adjustment to: e.g. to tweak a computer program. Can be used colloquially to represent taking any idea of someone else's, then changing it slightly to make it your ...
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Closest equivalent to the Chinese jocular use of 职业病 (occupational disease): job creates habits that manifest inappropriately outside work

I have encountered the expression professional reflex referring to the situation you describe. E.g. The White Tiger is a story of servitude, resentment and love – and what its hero calls “the ...
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Does 'droll' have a negative connotation?

By and large, on the whole, not to put to fine a point on it, 'Very droll' is in itself, as far as one can tell, one of those phrases that speaks clearly its own meaning, when put into the context of ...
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What constitutes humor on this "i before e" coffee mug text?

user8356's answer correctly describes the meaning behind the text on the mug. As for the "humor," I would agree with Weather Vane's comment—if the mug is "funny" at all, it is not &...
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