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Roast

verb; noun; analogy
to make fun of someone with a humorous (though not always) and witty comment.
 
this term arises from a parallel analogy to someone being burned figuratively, meaning that the person was made fun of in a somewhat humorous way. Again, the use of metaphor is applied in a clever way to evoke vivid imagery of the person that is being made fun off. The idea of roasting someone often creates a somewhat open space to make make and receive criticism that often have some kernel of truth - i.e., you can tell your friends what you think about them without creating a destructive atmosphere.
Etymology : the term is formed by analogy to ‘roast’(to heat to excess).
Source : One of my teacher friends said to another mutual friend, “you just got roasted.” He was referring to the fact that he had just made a very funny and somewhat crude joke about the other guys hairy hands. (Conversation. September, 2018) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roast
Last modified: 10 December 2018


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