private joke

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

private joke (plural private jokes)

  1. An in-joke; a piece of humour understood only by a group of people.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English private joke.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

private joke f or m

  1. A private joke, an in-joke: a piece of humour understood only by a group of people.
    • 1994, Jean-Yves Pidoux, Langhoff à Lausanne: L’ouragan lent, Editions d’en bas, ISBN 978-2-8290-0156-7, page 254:
      Après un private joke où, pour l’hilarité des initiés, il cite la première réplique de son entrée dans le Schnitzler – «Déjà de l’ambiance !» —, l’acteur cherche un personnage qui []
      After an in-joke where, for the hilarity of the initiated, he quotes the first reply of his entry in the Schnitzler — “Already some atmosphere!” — the actor seeks a character who []
    • 2003, Justine Malle (translator), Greil Marcus (author), Dead Elvis: Chronique d’une obsession culturelle, Éditions Allia, ISBN 9782844851208, page 35:
      Il faut y voir plus qu’une private joke de la part de Cohn.
      This is more than Cohn’s little in-joke.[1]
    • 2007, Didier Luccantoni, Croisière sans retour (novel), Lulu.com, ISBN 978-1-4303-2692-2, page 71:
      L'accent grec était devenu un private joke au sein de l'équipe de croisière en faisant référence à l'âge d'or des croisières Bon-Temps quelques années auparavant lorsqu'ils []
      The Greek accent had become a private joke among the Croisière team, referring to the golden age of the Bon-Temps Croisières some years earlier, when they []

Usage notes[edit]

  • This expression, being a loan-phrase, is frequently written in italics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Original English taken from: Greil Marcus, Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession, Harvard University Press (1999), ISBN 978-0-674-19422-9, page 22.