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Expressions used when telling jokes

boo

interjection

you shout ‘boo’ suddenly when you want to frighten someone as a joke

this

adverb, determiner, pronoun

used in a story or a joke when you mention a person or thing without giving a name

(all) joking aside/apart

used before you say something serious after you have been saying something that was intended to be funny

nudge, nudge, wink, wink

used as a way of saying indirectly that something involves sex

have you heard (the one) about?/did you hear about?

used when you are starting to tell a joke

only/just joking

used for saying that what you have just said is not really true

(there’s) many a true word spoken in jest

used for saying that what someone says as a joke may in fact be correct or accurate

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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