it would appear that you will probably live [funny?]

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dhchong

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Korean
Hi, members
Quotes are from "Patriot Games"

Is it considered to be humourous to say "... it would appear that you will probably live"?

The wound of shoulder was quite severe but not so deadly, so the way the surgeon said that it would appear that you will probably live was quite exaggerated. So is it considered to be humourous?

[Quotes]
I am your surgeon. My team and I have been working on you for, oh, about six hours now, and it would appear that you will probably live," he added judiciously. He seemed to regard Ryan as a successful piece of work.
Rather slowly and sluggishly Ryan thought to himself that the English sense of humor, admirable as it might otherwise be, was a little too dry for this sort of situation.
 
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  • Glasguensis

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    English - Scotland
    A neutral way of saying this could be "you're going to be fine". By adding "it would appear" and "probably" the surgeon is adding a suggestion that he might not live, but Ryan realizes from his manner that the surgeon doesn't really consider this likely, and is therefore doing it for (a very slight) humorous effect.
     
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