One or the other kept canceling—three times, five, 10; it was becoming a joke.
“At that moment I realized why they had to change the joke,” Axelrod recalled.
But that did not stop Kennedy from delivering a joke that night that was nothing less than audacious.
Would he tell his daughters not to believe in equality for the sake of their ability to take a joke?
And later in your career, the Chris Rock joke really seemed to get under your skin.
For a moment there was silence, for the joke had taken a tragic turn.
The joke of letting him live on to perform these tasks was not lost.
I said if that was her idear of a joke, the quicker we parted the sooner.
When Hephæstus caught Ares and Aphrodite in his net the gods all enjoyed the joke.
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.