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    Is 'joke' the adjective of 'jovial'?

    Is 'jovial' the adjective of 'joke'?

    He likes to joke.
    He is jovial.

    Do the two sentences mean the same?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Is 'joke' the adjective of 'jovial'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Is 'jovial' the adjective of 'joke'?

    He likes to joke.
    He is jovial.

    Do the two sentences mean the same?

    Thanks in advance.
    Not really, no. Jovial means happy, in a good mood. It doesn't necessarily mean that the person likes to joke. It describes a general mood, not a habit.

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    Re: Is 'joke' the adjective of 'jovial'?

    Thanks for the explanation, emsr2d2.

    Since 'jovial' is not the adjective of 'joke', what is the word?

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Is 'joke' the adjective of 'jovial'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks for the explanation, emsr2d2.

    Since 'jovial' is not the adjective of 'joke', what is the word?

    Thanks again.
    Jokey! Although I wouldn't generally use it to refer to a person, there's no reason why you shouldn't, I guess.

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    Re: Is 'joke' the adjective of 'jovial'?

    You could use "jocular", but it's a bit dated.

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    Re: Is 'joke' the adjective of 'jovial'?

    Quote Originally Posted by bh aisahab View Post
    You could use "jocular", but it's a bit dated.
    I suppose so That's why I use it so much!

    b

    PS Re 'Jovial': some readers may find it interesting that this and 'Jupiter - the Bringer of Jollity' (in Gustav Holst's suite The Planets) - are related through the name 'Jove' (used in the rather dated imprecation 'By Jove').

    PPS German readers may know him as 'von Holst', but he dropped the 'von' before the Great War. For similar reasons, the fashionable 'German Street' changed its name to 'Jermyn Street'; but people who still have their shirts made in Jermyn St pronounce the second syllable with a schwa rather than an /i/.

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    Re: Is 'joke' the adjective of 'jovial'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks for the explanation, emsr2d2.

    Since 'jovial' is not the adjective of 'joke', what is the word?

    Thanks again.
    You could use 'joking'.
    He made a joking comment to his colleagues.

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