Are Those Fatuous Antics Funny?


When you think of a clown, you might imagine someone wearing lots of makeup and a big, red nose.

But today’s concept of a clown can actually be traced back to the Middle Ages when court jesters provided entertainment to kings and nobles.

Most modern clowns use slapstick and mime-style humor. Even though this fatuous (see definition and hear pronunciation below) behavior can often be entertaining, some people find clowns to be frightening and anxiety-provoking.

In fact, the term “coulrophobia” is used to describe the fear of clowns.

Cool word question of the day: Do you find fatuous behavior to be entertaining or off-putting?

Fatuous: Foolish or silly, especially in a self-satisfied way.

Click here to hear a pronunciation of fatuous.

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