Monday, August 2, 2010

word of the day :: buffoonery


1. a person who amuses others by tricks, jokes, odd gestures and postures, etc.
2. a person given to coarse or undignified joking.
1540-50; earlier buffon < F < It buffone,  equiv. to buff- (expressive base; cf. buffa  puff of breath, buffare  to puff, puff up one's checks) + -one  agent suffixL -ō,  acc. -ōnem
-Related Forms 
buff·foon·er·y [buh-foo-nuh-ree], noun
"There are ancient and modern poems which breathe, in their entirety and in every detail, the divine breath of irony. In such poems there lives a real transcendental buffoonery. "
:: Friedrich von Schlegel ::

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