Riot

  • GreenWhiteBlue

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    Yes, and no. The expression compares a person to an event. It would be similar to saying John is forceful and unstoppable; he is a tornado when he gets going. In this case, to call a person a "riot" is really to describe the effect he produces on those around him, rather than the person himself.
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    Note that this phrase "You're a laugh riot" is very, very often used sarcastically. The speaker may think that the person is not very funny at all.

    Also, "riot" by itself can be used to mean "laugh riot." If you tell someone, "you're a riot," the meaning is the same as "you're a laugh riot"; this is also often used sarcastically.

    See the fourth definition in the M-W.com entry on riot:
    4: one that is wildly amusing <the new comedy is a riot>
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riot
     
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