inside joke


: a joke that is understood only by people with special knowledge about something

Examples of inside joke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fodder for a funny flick The Post-versus-Kellogg’s battle to release Country Squares and the Pop-Tart has been a long-running inside joke between Jerry Seinfeld and television writer, screenwriter and comedian Spike Feresten. Gregory Wakeman, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2024 It’s become an inside joke with Danny [Van Rite] and his partner, Sarah, and me. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2024 The Black Bird actor, who rapped the majority of his acceptance speech during Monday's awards ceremony, told reporters backstage that his on-camera munching moment was actually an inside joke between him, his manager, and his agent., 15 Jan. 2024 But when truly meant to be playful, Cartmill told me, teasing can be delightful—the basis of flirting, the start of a friendship, the fodder for the secretive camaraderie of a clever inside joke. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2024 Nothing kindles the meme fires quite like mass familiarity, and that the wine was already known and loved made its recent moment in the sun feel like one big inside joke. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 18 Jan. 2024 Backstage in the press room after accepting his award, Hauser revealed that the snack choice is an inside joke with his manager and agent. Chris Barilla, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2024 Blink-182's recent concert at a Denny’s location was essentially a big inside joke. Lizzy Rosenberg, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023 Their band name is an inside joke about toxic male ego but also an implicit challenge to gender norms, patriarchy and what a rock band historically affords. Erin Osmon, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023

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“Inside joke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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