At the convention, the younger gamers japed at the low-tech graphics of the early consoles on display.
"Japed Jay Leno: 'Doesnt sequestration sound like some kind of side effect from a bad medicine?'" From an article by J. Freedom du Lac in The Daily Item (Pennsylvania), March 2, 2013
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"Jape" mysteriously appeared in the English language during the 14th century and was adopted by literary folks, such as Geoffrey Chaucer, as a word meaning both "to trick" and "to jeer." It was also used, however, with the meanings "to seduce (someone)" or "to have sexual intercourse." This ambiguity forced writers to think twice about using "jape" in fear of misinterpretation. Ultimately, the word was avoided by respectable writers, and by the end of the 16th century it had fallen into disuse. But this four-letter word was not completely forgotten. It got its second chance when 19th-century writers began using its "jeer" meaning againleaving its carnal meaning in oblivion.
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