The term anecdote is believed to come from the French word anecdote,
which in turn would derive from a Greek concept. An anecdote is a short
narrative where some curious question is related for
fun or as an example.
For example: "Miguel, tell the anecdote about the ship again, which is
very funny", "The audience started laughing when the actor told an
anecdote from his adolescence", "Have you been told the incredible
anecdote of Julio with Lionel Messi ? ” .
anecdotes revolve around real events. However, in order to
make them more engaging, it is common for the person to exaggerate
certain issues or include elements that are not true.
It is common for very charismatic people, those with a peculiar grace, to
amuse their friends and family with anecdotes that are often difficult to
believe. In this sense, we can say that they are part of the same group of
stories as jokes, since they serve to break the ice
and liven up meetings, provided they are told by the right person.
Journalists at the show often ask their interviewees to tell funny anecdotes
quite often, as this can lead to very funny situations. Since many celebrities
come from difficult pasts and have had to knock down numerous obstacles to
fulfill their dreams, it is not uncommon for them to have accumulated a series
of absurd stories along their way, which generally elicit the
comment “best laugh than cry ».
A technical problem in the middle of a live staging, a fault in the clothing
of one of the actors, a microphone that stops working at the worst possible time,
a shout from a person in the audience or an inappropriate rain, between A host
of other factors can trigger an anecdote that amused thousands of people for
In general, the funniest anecdotes are those that present embarrassing
situations, because they are the most easily reached by the public; on the other
hand, those in which there are internal codes that only those
close to the rapporteur understand do not arouse much interest. In any case, the
way in which the facts are told always plays a very important role, sometimes
even more important than that of the story itself.
Anecdotes are often used to graph a situation or to make an idea easier
to understand. A political leader who seeks to explain her economic program to
the population can appeal to an anecdote to demonstrate how her plan affects
daily life. For his part, a football technical director can tell an anecdote to
the members of the team he leads to try to demonstrate something to the players.
An anecdote can also be a simple curiosity or something irrelevant: "I
have an anecdote to tell you: I just met Gastón on the street and when I greeted
him, he did not recognize me for my new hairstyle", "The discussion I
had with the commercial manager it is no more than an anecdote: we both agreed
and decided to work together to drive the growth of the company ”.
According to this point of view, an anecdote is a situation that
perhaps has had importance in the past, but has lost it. Usually it is something
of relative negativity, such as a discussion or a problem that used to cause
concern, but is no longer of the same character today, but has become a trivial
thing. In these cases it is also possible to use the adjective anecdotal to
describe the situations that have become anecdotes.