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Friday, April 01, 2005

jape

\JAYP\ , noun, verb;
1.
A joke or jest.
2.
A trick or prank.
intransitive verb:
1.
To joke; to jest.
transitive verb:
1.
To make fun of; to mock.
Quotes:
One elderly Englishman, complete with tweed suit and cane, japed to a passport control officer: "We're not all hooligans you know."
-- Mike Underwood, "Into the fire", Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), October 13, 2003
He tried to defuse each petty crisis with a merry jape and spend each day with a life-affirming and reasonably up tempo alt. country song in his heart.
-- Chris Priestley, "Payne's grey", New Statesman, November 29, 2004
The shot was more of a jape than an assassination attempt, and was rightly treated as a laugh by the press and by the Prime Minister, who carried on as if nothing had happened.
-- Nick Cohen, "Daddy will stop at nothing to see you", New Statesman, November 15, 2004
Origin:
Jape comes from Middle English, probably from Old French japer, "to yap, to chatter."
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