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funny ha-ha (or funny peculiar)

Definition of funny ha-ha or funny peculiar in English:

informal Amusing (or strange): used to distinguish the two main senses of ‘funny’: ‘Funny ha-ha,’ Robbie said, ‘or funny peculiar?’
[Coined by Ian Hay in his novel Housemaster (1936)]
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  • Rather they convey an image of Ireland as a fey, mysterious place where funny things happen - funny strange and funny ha-ha.
  • Er… by that, I mean funny strange, not funny ha-ha.
  • That was funny, somehow, he knew it ought to be funny - funny ha-ha, not just strange - but he couldn't put the pieces together.
See parent entry: funny

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