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Tricky Terms for April Fool's Day

March 22, 2016
You'd be a fool not to learn these words related to pranks, jokes, and deceit.

For more on the history of these words, read The Cunning, Risible Holiday of April Fool's Day.
antic
We watch her Little Rascal antics increasingly sure that something terrible is going to happen.
bamboozle
Along the way GhostSecGroup has bamboozled the press, which is unfortunate, because it’s not clear that GhostSecGroup knows what it’s doing.
bluff
It’s hard to see how his style would fit in political or diplomatic negotiations, where compromise is necessary and bluffing is dangerous.
buffoon
In the 1500s, this word evolved from a French word for a jester: buffoons paid the bills by making jokes, juggling balls, and performing other lowbrow feats. Nowadays a buffoon is just a doofus.
Advertisers can make galleries, whereas you and I still have to post every photo individually like buffoons.
cozen
I could forgive him had he not tricked you and deceived you, cozened you and flattered you--into this!
cunning
To trick someone on April Fool’s Day, you have to be cunning. This is a word to describe the tricky and sly.
That sort of obfuscation may be a cunning way to sell used cars.
delude
Don’t delude yourself that you will one day get him to “see the light” and come around to your point of view.
dupe
“They paid the money. And then they found out it was a scam. They were upset. And they feel duped.”
gullible
Lawyers for the brokers said the men didn’t actually help Mr. Hayes and instead were simply telling the gullible trader what he wanted to hear.
hoax
Police say they knew it was a hoax, but they took Armaan into custody because he confessed to making up the threat.
hoodwink
Somehow, the advertising industry has hoodwinked us into thinking that we have to drop everything today and make purchases or … or what?
hornswoggle
Our means are greater than we have been hornswoggled into thinking they are!
idiot
The always popular term idiot has had a wild history, sliding between slang, medicine, and the law.
In January I deleted all the social media apps from my phone because they were turning me into an idiot.
jest
To jest is to joke, though jest sounds fairly archaic these days. A person who jests is a jester: a rare word for the butt of a jester’s jibes is jestee.
The parties involved in the exchange told investigators they were just joking, and those investigators concluded the messages were written in jest.
mendacious
No one should be surprised if Russian forces renew their offensive in the coming days, while Moscow’s mendacious propaganda apparatus blames Ukraine.
prank
A few days later, the author of the dead-frog prank saluted her when he opened a desk drawer and found horse manure wrapped in wax paper.
quip
“Good clothes open doors,” Welch quipped when asked the best bit of style advice she ever received.
risible
How do you write a play about the British royal family without making its members seem risible, banal or irrelevant?
snooker
The Department of Energy snookered the media last week with a report that seems to show that its clean energy lending programs are profitable.
swindle
Last year, he allegedly swindled some two dozen people by selling them — for cash — phony pilgrimages to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia.

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Sunday April 3rd 2016, 2:39 PM
Comment by: Taylor B. (OK)
I enjoyed this list. I felt that the spelling bee version of the words was a lot better than doing the regular practice version. In my opinion I learned the words quicker this way, because I am more of an audio learner than a visual.
Tuesday April 5th 2016, 9:09 PM
Comment by: Simoni P. (NJ)
sounds like a fun list!!! #letslearnthisone
Wednesday April 6th 2016, 10:13 AM
Comment by: Miles M. (MD)
It was easier to learn the words doing the spelling bee
Wednesday April 6th 2016, 3:01 PM
Comment by: Kenneth M. (MD)
This is a great site to work on typing and vocabulary! I would recommend to a friend!!!
Wednesday April 6th 2016, 3:08 PM
Comment by: Ishmael J. (MD)
I agree with you
Friday April 8th 2016, 1:13 PM
Comment by: Rylee Cambria (OH)
this list is really hard, but i do like a good challenge!
Friday April 8th 2016, 2:04 PM
Comment by: alexandra S. (KS)
It is hard
Wednesday April 13th 2016, 1:52 PM
Comment by: It feels Breezyy... (MI)
This looks like a great list. Nice ideas, too!
Wednesday April 13th 2016, 3:25 PM
Comment by: RailgunM4HornetM4PRO (VA)
this list is really hard, but i do like a good challenge!
Thursday April 14th 2016, 10:29 AM
Comment by: Brady_B (IA)
It is too easy just need to look for something that has something to do with tricking someone.
Thursday April 14th 2016, 1:15 PM
Comment by: Alexandra H. (OH)
I think some of these words are kind of funny to here (expesually in the british accsent).
Thursday April 14th 2016, 1:16 PM
Comment by: Alexandra H. (OH)
Sorry about the miss spelling. I´m terrible at spelling. :(
Thursday April 14th 2016, 1:16 PM
Comment by: Amanda L. (OH)
I don't even think some of these are real wordsXD
Friday April 15th 2016, 8:48 AM
Comment by: Jonathan P. (OH)
this list is HARD fam!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday April 27th 2016, 2:26 PM
Comment by: Joshua Webster
bruh i cant with this list fam, im cheesed
Thursday April 28th 2016, 5:16 PM
Comment by: Charles (FL)
It's fun! You get the hang of it then you just memorize the answers and then you master the words and get them right. Great game for getting more points
Friday April 29th 2016, 1:39 PM
Comment by: sarah_arandaaa (CA)
I pranked my sister on April Fool's when I was 9 and ended up accidentally dyed her hair a different color.
Monday May 9th 2016, 3:53 AM
Comment by: Nitin (India)
It was really fun when I learnt this list. Awesome!

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