This sense of humor probably comes from various sources. First, the Irish sociability, already mentioned, produces a great desire to laugh, have fun, and share joy and good feelings with others. But it also emanates from their way with words that allows them to appreciate subtle shades of meanings and nuances, which can turn the serious into something which is delightful and funny. This sense of humor allows them often to be the center of attention that they desire and gives them the ability to lead but with a degree of humanity and warmth. It also is utilized by the Irish American in 2 other ways. First, it is used to give a sense of balance to the events and circumstances surrounding them. Even though the situation may be very serious, complex, and difficult, there is always something to find in it to laugh at, which somehow puts it into a different perspective. Second, they often use it to tone down people whom they consider too serious, proud, and self-important. By poking fun at them, they attempt to disclose to them their humanness and bring them back down to earth. Self-deprecating humor can also be used to convey to others that we all share so many common human foibles and thereby in laughter share with each other a common bond. Sense of humor is such an inherent part of Irish culture that if one does not have it, one would suspect that they are not Irish at all. It has been said that their culture is the reason that the Irish always get the joke.