#AtoZChallenge: F is for FACETIOUS

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#AtoZChallenge: F is for FACETIOUS
Day 6, April 7




treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor

synonyms: clever, flippant, sarcastic, sardonic, satirical, wise-cracking

(Actually this isn’t my favourite “F” word, but, I did promise to keep it mild 😉 )

Silly, yet cute example: 🙂

Do you ever find yourself making a facetious comment, to lighten the mood?
I can be a real smart-ass sometimes and it doesn’t necessarily go over well.
That said, it’s preferable to wallowing in morosity.
(Ooh – another good word. Too bad “M” is already taken.)

This is only one of two words that contain all the primary vowels in alphabetical order.

Do you know what the other one is?
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FACETIOUS stems from the from Latin facetia ‘jest’  and from facetus ‘witty.’

 A little levity goes a long way towards easing difficult situations. Agree? Disagree?

Looking forward to your comments!


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48 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: F is for FACETIOUS

  1. My husband (a word nerd) couldn’t remember the other word (and admitted he can never remember it), but decided to point out that the word “facetiously” has all the vowels in order, plus “y”, which can be a vowel.
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  2. Another fun word and a fun post, Debbie. I like being facetious at times as I love to joke around with sarcasm and silliness. Many people just look at me strangely or stone faced. Oh well. At least I’m having fun! Hahah!
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  3. I’ve used this words in class before, and I usually get the slack jawed look from students and have to give the definition and an example. (I teach freshman composition, among other courses) Next semester I should have them do a A-Z assignment regarding words and definitions, so they can expand their vocab. The wheels in my mind are turning now. 😀
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  4. I really got in trouble once for being facetious. After reading an article I had written involving Cicero and modern politics, an online acquaintance, very much interested in politics, told me he had once had a newspaper column writing about politics. He was hurt when I facetiously told him I just couldn’t imagine him writing on such a subject! Debbie, you might remember the occasion.
    Very nice word, Debbie.
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  5. I love that word 🙂 Such a useful and robust word – slips off the tongue so nicely. Complete bother to spell though 😉
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