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Joaning

verb may also be a transitive verb when used as 'joaning on.'
To joke, usually about someone. May imply making fun of or nagging an individual, usually playful but with a slightly harsher connotation. Usually characterized by young adolescents. Often followed by “on.”
 
Stop joaning on her, she didn't do anything to you!
Etymology : Derived from 'joke' which has similar meaning. Joke comes from the 17th century 'joque' meaning 'a jest, something done to excite laughter,' coming from the Latin 'jocus' meaning 'joke, sport, pastime, coming from the Proto Indo Euroepan base 'yek' meaning 'to speak
Source : Conversation with middle school students fall 2006.
Last modified: 29 November 2008


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