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Mar 27, 2014
This week's theme
Words derived from card games

This week's words
euchre
vole
house of cards
spoof
trump card

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with Anu Garg

spoof

PRONUNCIATION:
(spoof)

MEANING:
noun:1. A light, good-humored imitation; parody.
 2. A hoax or a prank.
verb tr.:1. To satirize gently.
 2. To fool using a hoax or a prank.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Spoof, a card game invented by the comedian Arthur Roberts (1852-1933). Earliest documented use: 1884.

USAGE:
"Some hilarious videos doing the rounds on the Internet show people pretending to take photos with invisible iPhones and hold conversations on them. These spoofs are meant to poke fun at Apple and its legion of fans."
Five Out of Ten; The Economist (London, UK); Sep 15, 2012.

See more usage examples of spoof in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A pedestal is as much a prison as any small space. -Gloria Steinem, activist, editor (b. 1934)

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