Origin of joker
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The series also reversed a long trend that saw the character paralyzed by the Joker and confined to a wheelchair for a decade.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’|Rich Goldstein|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In this narrative, the disgraced former President with his gaudy taste for golden toilets and exotic zoos, is cast as the Joker.Occupy Kiev: What Should Ukraine Do Now With The Heroes of the Maidan?|Vijai Maheshwari|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jack Nicholson was also approached to reprise his role as the Joker.The 11 Worst Sequel Ideas to Come out of Hollywood|Chancellor Agard|November 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For guys, The Joker, as immortalized by Jack Nicholson in the Batman flick, was a top choice.
Batman and Joker costumes were selling out—at $275 and $320 a piece.
The Joker got the best bed, as good-humoured, good-natured chaps generally do, without seeming to try for it.Over the Sliprails|Henry Lawson
He tells me that the serious American is not popular here, whereas the joker is much run after.The American Senator|Anthony Trollope
I always said that joker had a yellow streak in him somewhere, and that was where he showed it.The Viking Blood|Frederick William Wallace
"I guess you're something of a joker, Arthur," observed Uncle Caleb, turning to smile at the other.Storm-Bound|Alan Douglas
Well, before we had pushed off an hour, the joker was burnt red, and in less than two was literally skinned alive.Renshaw Fanning's Quest|Bertram Mitford
1729, "jester, merry fellow," agent noun from joke (v.). In generic slang use for "any man, fellow, chap" by 1811, which probably is the source of the meaning "odd face card in the deck" (1868). An 1857 edition of Hoyle's "Games" lists a card game called Black Joke in which all face cards were called jokers.
American manufacturers of playing-cards are wont to include a blank card at the top of the pack; and it is, alas! true that some thrifty person suggested that the card should not be wasted. This was the origin of the joker. ["St. James's Gazette," 1894]