Friday, May 6, 2011

droll



droll [droʊl] a.

1.) Intentionally facetious, amusing, comical, funny.
2.) Unintentionally amusing; queer, quaint, odd, strange, ‘funny’.

droll [droʊl] n.

1.) A funny or waggish fellow; a merry-andrew, buffoon, jester, humorist.

droll [droʊl] v. t.

1.) To make sport or fun; to jest, joke; to play the buffoon. Construed with 'with', 'at', 'on', 'upon'.
2.) To jest (a thing) away, off; to bring forth after the manner of a jester or buffoon (Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Edition).

Etymology: French drôle, buffoon, from Old French drolle, bon vivant, possibly from Middle Dutch drol, goblin.

"— Boris: We're here to see the Emperor.
— Guard: Who is calling?
— Boris: [Laughs nervously] Who is calling?
— Sonja: [Laughs] Ooh, well that's droll!
— Boris: Droll, yes. Apparently he's not familiar with the list of the hundred most important Spanishers.
— Sonja: Yes, it is only Don Francesco and his sister.
— Boris: Yes, this is the...the Donessa.
— Sonja: We have an appointment with Napoleon.
— Boris: That's right. Napoleon Bonaparte, the noted international tyrant" (Love and Death, Woody Allen, 1975).

(Pierrot et Arlequin, Paul Cézanne, 1888)
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I tried to give my blog a little more sex appeal yesterday after noticing how good DEZMOND's Hollywood Spy looks. Let me know what you guys think (I put some pictures on the right, if you scroll down). James Murray, for those who don't know, was one of the first editors of the OED. Thanks for reading!

37 comments:

Z said...

I feel like I'm a droll!
Amusing post for Friday morning !:)

Couture Carrie said...

Love this word!

xoxox,
CC

Zombie said...

My friends are so droll! lol.

Angela Felsted said...

This is a great resource, your blog. Especially since I thought droll would man dull. Apparently it means the opposite.

jamiesaur said...

wow, those fellas are pretty hot.

Sick by Trend said...

I'm impacted with your blog dude. It's very original! Droll is cool

hugs

Have a nice weekend!

www.sickbytrend.com

Danny Murphy said...

Nice word! I'll see what I can do about squeezing this into my vocabulary.

Robert Fünf said...

I'm with Angela. I always thought it had a negative connotation.

Drake Sigar said...

The rich totally ruined that word. Can't say it without sounding pretentious.

Dave said...

Droll Droll Droll. What a word Droll is.

Jazz bazooka said...

this is awesome

Maggie said...

great unique word. thanks :)

Bonnie said...

I did just say that.
And I mean it.
You will learn that about me.

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Twitter: @GlamKitten88

zepdragon said...

Oh, how horrendously Droll

Venus said...

I will droll to insanity <-- I don´t know if the word is correctly used here.

Ronald said...

droll

Joel C Anatoli said...

My girlfriend is such a droll

Colin Biano said...

those are some dashing young fellows over there to the right, if i do say so myself

DCMods said...

This life is very droll.

Chris Phillips said...

I don't know how it looked before, but it looks good now!

M Pax said...

Chapter 42 was droll until I deleted it and wrote it over. :D Droll is a great word.

Megan said...

It's quite droll to me that within our English language we have a word with contradicting meanings. Intentionally and unintentionally, really?

Bart said...

im a droll

ChaCha said...

Very droll!

ironchefman said...

Haha, somehow I think using the word "droll" in a conversation would be quite droll in itself.
I like how you went for sex appeal with writers. That Webster is quite the ladykiller.

thenitefalls said...

Some of my friends think I'm quite the droll

Wintermute said...

reading your elevator pitch on the right has forced my hand. I will now post your blog on my blog. it'll be sooo droll!

and @jamie, I am so jealous chingu!

Ruta, Look Ugly in a Photograph said...

I just used the word an hour ago after I read this!

Kicking Rocks said...

my blog is as droll as yours!

Rockinrule said...

I dig this post.

Lydia K said...

Love the word, and love the new pictures!

Lydia K said...

Dez's blog is very entertaining, for sure!

Meri said...

It's funny- I always thought this word meant sort of "dull" or "dreary" until not long ago, and now I can't change the association in my mind. I think the reference I have is sort of like professor snape

Intraman said...

I thought this was spelled "drole" thanks for improving my spelling :p

Mercurio said...

I feel so droll! I'll follow this blog to improve my english :D

Jay said...

i like the look of your blog; simple but beautiful. :D

Garret said...

I like your blog, following this could help me a lot, been trying find ways to improve my english lately.

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