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#1: Buffoonery

Definition:

: foolish or playful behavior or practice

Example:

"Jersey Shore" finally – and mercifully – concludes Thursday after six seasons of spray-on tans, easy hookups, multiple arrests and general buffoonery." – Chuck Barney, MercuryNews.com (San Jose, CA), December 19, 2012

About the Word:

Buffoonery comes from buffoon, originally the name for a fellow whose profession was to entertain others by tricks, gestures, or comic pantomime. The word buffoon comes from the Latin word for "toad."

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