“At that moment I realized why they had to change the joke,” Axelrod recalled.
But others got the joke and just blushed sheepishly while stuffing their copies of Heat!
Would he tell his daughters not to believe in equality for the sake of their ability to take a joke?
“This is not a joke any longer, we might be all dead by tomorrow morning,” Mashutko added gloomily.
Her campaign is “not a joke,” he wrote, and “Williamson [could] be the harbinger of a wave of Independent candidacies in 2014.”
For a moment there was silence, for the joke had taken a tragic turn.
As it can be "no joke" to them, perhaps it should be no joke to us: though, on reflection, we are not so very like.
I said if that was her idear of a joke, the quicker we parted the sooner.
At first you kept on wondering what the joke was, till you saw it was only a habit Sarah had.
It is just like Dolly, to make fun and joke at her own mistakes.
1660s, joque, "a jest, something done to excite laughter," from Latin iocus "joke, sport, pastime," from PIE root *yek- "to speak" (cf. Breton iez "language," Old High German jehan "to say," German Beichte "confession").
Originally a colloquial or slang word. Meaning "something not to be taken seriously" is 1791. Practical joke "trick played on someone for the sake of a laugh at his expense" is from 1804 (earlier handicraft joke, 1741). Black joke is old slang for "smutty song" (1730s), from use of that phrase in the refrain of a then-popular song as a euphemism for "the monosyllable."
1660s, "to make a joke," from Latin iocari "to jest, joke," from iocus (see joke (n.)). Related: Joked; joking.