What is the meaning of ‘humour me’?

Sometimes, young children come and tell us tall tales. They narrate events which couldn’t have happened. A child may tell us that there was a tiger in the garden and that he drove it away with a stick. When children tell us such stories, as adults, it is our job to believe them. Why do we pretend to believe them? Simple. We want to keep the children happy; we want to ‘humour’ them. When you tell someone ‘humour me’, what you want the person to do is to agree with what you are saying or doing. What you may be saying or doing may be completely unreasonable, but you want the person to agree with you just to keep you happy.

Examples: The husband thought it best to humour his wife.*I hold the purse strings. So you’d better humour me.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – August 13, 2007 



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