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    Post Wallace never poked mean fun at his subjects

    From Foster Wallace is a huge loss | Books | guardian.co.uk

    In the text below, what do the words in bold mean?

    His essays - including journalistic assignments - combined proper research and observation with an argument undertaken in genuine curiosity. Wallace never poked mean fun at his subjects; he let them emerge, in their own light and language, and then asked the pertinent questions.

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    Post Re: Wallace never poked mean fun at his subjects

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    From Foster Wallace is a huge loss | Books | guardian.co.uk

    In the text below, what do the words in bold mean?

    His essays - including journalistic assignments - combined proper research and observation with an argument undertaken in genuine curiosity. Wallace never poked mean fun at his subjects; he let them emerge, in their own light and language, and then asked the pertinent questions.
    I have found the following definition.
    13.poke fun at, to ridicule or mock, esp. covertly or slyly: In her novel, she pokes fun at her ex-husband
    poke definition |Dictionary.com

    What is the difference between "to poke mean fun at" and "to poke fun at"?

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