Have You Met the Joker?

Every classroom has one.  We’ve all met one.  And likely we’ve seen them on the movie screen.  Each with his or her own set of tricks.

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jocular | adj.

given to, characterized by, intended for, or suited to joking or jesting; waggish; facetious

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Fenimore Cooper.  College freshman when I was a sophomore.  Fenimore was the life of every party, even class time, and in the student union Fenimore led the laughter, the pranks, set the tone. 

Fenimore was jocular.  He was our joker.  If a classmate was having a dark time or a down day, Fenimore was the prescription to lift the spirits.  Loved by all, revered by many.

Fenimore was our resident “court jester.”

And then there’s the Joker, the one with the capital “J.”  Batman’s archenemy since 1940 when he first appeared in the comic book series.

Not exactly executing with Fenimore’s style his jocular personality, this Joker managed to exude a sense of evil and attempts to undo the role of others.

The Joker portrays the darker side of the jocular personality.

If you’re writing a story which includes a jocular personality, you get to choose which traits he or she possesses.

For a list of synonyms to help you out, go to Dictionary.com.

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12 thoughts on “Have You Met the Joker?

  1. Great post Sherrey thank you! The perennial Joker and perhaps the jocular character often has a dark side – too much of it, I guess an extreme of it, becomes extreme and perhaps is a facade for something else.Susan Scott’s Soul Stuff

    1. Susan, I know too well that joking can become a facade for something else. I have always covered my hurts and pain with being a jokester and making light of what’s going on around me. Hopefully, in these last decades of living, I no longer will be doing that! Life is in an upswing!!!

  2. I can’t really think of a class clown from my school days. There was always an abundance of class jerks, but not a whole lot of class clowns. I guess that says something about the town I grew up in.

    1. Emily, consider yourself lucky you got through school with no pranksters like most class clowns turn out to be! However, an abundance of class jerks is no fun either. 🙂

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