Day ten. Hey, how about we look at joke? That’s a funny word.
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Joke showed up in the mid seventeenth century as joque, coming from the classical Latin iocari, which is just joke with an I instead of a J. It can be traced all the way back to the Proto Indo European yek-, to speak. And today’s interesting fact is: the term “black joke” was originally slang for a smutty song because the phrased was used in a popular song. And that’s not even the only song related phrase etymology we have this month.