Why Is It Called A Funny Bone?

Have you ever wondered why it is called a “funny bone” rather than something more appropriate like the “not-so-funny bone”? Have you ever had the unpleasant experience of bumping your elbow and feeling a sudden jolt of pain that leaves you clenching your teeth while trying to remain composed?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then you’ve experienced the infamous “funny bone” firsthand. But where does the strange name for this nerve comes from? In this article, we will answer the question of why it is called a “funny bone”, discussing its anatomy and role in the body as well as its history.

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Why is it Called a ‘Funny Bone’?

The phrase ‘funny bone’ can often be heard in conversation. Used to refer to the elbow, the phrase is commonly used to describe any situation when the elbow is subject to pressure or pain.

But why is this referred to as a ‘funny bone’? In this article, we will explore the origin of the phrase and why it is used to describe the elbow specifically.

What and Where is the Funny Bone?

The funny bone is medically known as the ‘olecranon process’. It is the point of the elbow where the humerus (the bone in the upper arm) and the ulna (one of the bones in the forearm) meet.

This point is considered to be a major nerve center in the elbow area and can be sensitive to pressure and pain.

Where does the ‘Funny Bone’ Phrase Come From?

The exact origin of the phrase ‘funny bone’ is unknown. It is speculated that the phrase originates from the feeling of elation and faint surprise at the sudden discomfort felt when the elbow is triggered.

A ‘funny’ feeling is associated with the rush of the funny bone being triggered. The phrase may also come from the fact that the feeling of pain or pressure at the funny bone is often likened to a mild electric shock. Hitting the funny bone is often described as a tingling or ‘buzzing’ sensation as if electricity is passing through the arm.


The phrase ‘funny bone’ is commonly used to describe the feeling of pressure, pain or electric shock that is experienced when the olecranon process in the elbow is triggered. While the exact origin of the phrase remains a mystery, the phrase has been used for many years to describe the sensation in the knee which is often described as a mild electric shock or a ‘funny’ sensation. URLshttps://www. versusarthritis. org/about-arthritis/joints/elbow-joint/https://www. ahajournals. org/doi/full/1161/jaaha. 10264130

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