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goak

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(Adult / Slang)
(Noun) variant of "joke," first used by Artemus Ward, pseudonym of Charles Farrar Browne, a humorist of the Nineteenth Century, whose literary pose was as a carnival barker commenting on current events using solecisms and misspellings.
Usage: "This is a goak." -- Artemus Ward in Colonist, Vol XV, Issue 1486, December 22, 1871, p. 7

"I ought to have added '(goak here)' in the manner of Artemus Ward." --AJP Taylor, The Origins of the Second World War. New York: Athenium. 1983, p. xi.

"It also affords us an opportunity to put in print a 'goak' perpetrated by Artemus..." NY Times Jan 2, 1880


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