the Muted Ho-Ho

The Chortle is really a subset of Expressions of Mirth. The technique has defining qualities, though there is plenty of room for individual interpretation.

The Chortle should be, but is not limited to: Sniggering, but in a congenial tone, and/or a Giggle-y rhythm, slightly choked off, and/or volume control, not to be confused with a Guffaw. It sounds easy, but it does take practice.

Ultimately, the Chortle is motivated by spontaneous Merriment, but vaguely discreet. Keep at it; you’ll master it with time.

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