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Jape and 3 other zenwords from the comic side of life

by zenwords staff

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles. humor, vocabulary words
- Mignon McLaughlin
Zenwords are quirky, one syllable power words that help you improve your vocabulary in an easy, fun way. Today we’re sharing several zenwords from the comic side of life.


How many do you already know?

Jape (jayp) n. A jest or joke; a prank.

The twins loved to plan elaborate japes on their unsuspecting cousins.

Blague (blag) n. A practical joke; trickery.

Most of the town’s folk didn’t appreciate the blague we played on them.

Camp (kamp) adj. An artistic sensibility where entertainment is appealing and amusing because of its bad taste and sense of irony.

Most TV critics consider the 1960’s show Batman to be the highest form of camp.

Droll (drole) adj. Wryly amusing; comically odd.

His droll sense of humor caught everyone off guard and made Harry the life of the party.

Challenge: Can you share a sample sentence using one or more of these Zenwords? Enjoy!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Doug Brunelle June 11, 2011 at 12:17 am

Good words! One typo I noticed, though- your sample sentence for “droll” has the word “drool” instead. Which is also a good one-syllable word, but not the one you were trying to demonstrate! ;-)



zenwords June 11, 2011 at 12:58 am

Doug- Thanks! I just fixed it ( after wiping off the drool coming out the side of my mouth) :)


Susan, the copywriter/editor June 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Her droll sense of humor allowed her to plan a jape that no one would give her credit for — even when she confessed. Next time, she vowed, she would try a stunt so campy it would make Lucille Ball er, drool.


steve June 11, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Susan, great sentences! Isn’t camp a great concept? I miss Batman.


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