The half-joking quip was reported around the world as if it were a call for divine providence.
And, quite frankly, “the women were running out,” he said, half-joking.
“We can blame Carrie Bradshaw for this,” says Shaunaq Arora, half-joking; his sigh tinged with the cloudy breath of his Gauloises.
Detroiters, now erecting a Robocop statue as a half-joking, half-serious morale boost, may want to consider bronzing Mulally next.
I rather like the half-joking way you do your kindest things.
"I do not try to alter yours," I remember he said once, in his half-joking way.
"I'm afraid I look lots of things that I'm not," she sighed, in a voice too gloomy for the half-joking words.
Later, I think, he regretted this, and made some half-joking overtures to have his letters returned.
She had never been indifferent since Frank had uttered his first half-joking word of love.
To make a half-joking request, and find Lance taking it seriously, wasn't in the natural order of things.
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.