These last four, named for the humors with which they were associated—that is, sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic, eventually became better known than the others. They do best on a well-balanced, moderate diet, including ample vegetables, and bitter, cooling, and aromatic herbs. But we make a major error if we elevate such a scheme to claims for real and distinct physical entities inside the body. Humor, from the Latin word for liquid preserved in our designation of the fluids of the human eye as the aqueous and vitreous humorsreferred to the four liquids that supposedly formed the chyle, or digested food in the intestine just before it entered the body for nourishment. A large part of why good dry humor is amusing is a sort of self-congratulation because you, the hearer, have picked up on the intended joke without all the usual cues. To put it another way: Oh yes I just love that dry British wit.
Snoring common; can be loud or excessive.
Quiz: Which Greek Temperament Are You?
Essays in the History of Medicine. Well-formed, but tends to be slightly loose, soft. I agree with wemayfreeze that "dry" is probably a metaphor from wine, meaning "not sweet. Elegant, statuesque form, with ample, luxuriant flesh. Courtesy Folger Shakespeare Library.