Joke, Practical

Joke, Practical

See also Mischievousness.
April Fool’s Day
April 1st; a day for playing practical jokes on the unsuspecting. [Western Folklore: Payton, 34]
Barmecide feast
beggar given empty dishes, imaginary food. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, “The Barmecide’s Feast”]
Hop-Frog’s
king “had an especial admiration for breadth in a jest.” [Am. Lit.: “Hop-Frog” in Portable Poe, 317–329]
Merygreeke, Matthew
mischievously puts Ralph up to wooing widow. [Br. Lit.: Ralph Roister Doister]
Old Jackanapes
fills Miss Pussy’s apple pies with frogs. [Children’s Lit.: The Golden Hen, Fisher, 232–233]
Panurge
conniving scoundrel whose forte was practical joking. [Fr. Lit.: Pantagruel]
Pulver, Ensign
devised mechanisms to needle to skipper. [Am. Lit.: Mister Roberts, Magill I, 605–607]
Robin Goodfellow
fairies’ jester famous for his practical jokes. [Br. Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 768]