The author concentrates on the linguistic analysis of the early works of Aleksander
Głowacki, that is the texts created between 1873 and 1875, which were initially printed
mostly in such magazines as “Mucha,” “Kolce,” and “Kurier Warszawski.” The works
represent characteristic, juvenile type of literary output and the sense of humour of the
author who was just commencing his literary career. In the first part of the article there
are definitions concerning various issues in the field of humorous writing. Then the
collected material is analysed in several groups according to particular forms and types
of linguistic means in order to amuse the readers:
I. Titles of the works and collected works, dedications, epigraphs.
II. Golden thoughts, aphorisms, proverbs, catchphrases.
III. Periphrastic and hyperbolic structures and comparisons.
IV. Meaningful proper names.
V. Lexical, phraseological, morphological and semantic neologisms, ambiguous
vocabulary, stylized texts.