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Education an examination in the practical skills of a subject
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He would have preferred Rabelais' 'Gargantua' to the 'Zadig' of Voltaire: and, upon the whole, practical jokes suited his taste far better than verbal ones.
But the king loved his practical jokes, and took pleasure in forcing Hop-Frog to drink and (as the king called it)'to be merry.
Still his wit was never frozen, nor his sunshiny temper beclouded; and his innumerable antics and practical jokes, while they quickened the circulation of his own blood, kept his companions in high good-humor.
I tire of the labour of thinking, and, when the table is finished, start practical jokes and set all playing at games, which we carry on with bucolic boisterousness.
He had had his fill long ago of the noisy friendly parties at Highbank, with coasting, ice-boating, sleighing, long tramps in the snow, and a general flavour of mild flirting and milder practical jokes.
He was ready to serve mankind to the utmost of his power when effort seemed to him of any avail, and at times he sacrificed even his ambition to his convictions; but he had decided that the mass of men were hopelessly foolish, corrupt, and inferior, personal sympathy with them was impossible to him, and his contempt often took the form of sardonic practical jokes, practised sometimes on a whole city.
I am convinced that the inspector has formed the opinion that the letters are all practical jokes, and that the deaths of my relations were really accidents, as the jury stated, and were not to be connected with the warnings.
He reflected that this coalition of four young, brave, enterprising, and active men ought to have some other object than swaggering walks, fencing lessons, and practical jokes, more or less witty.
Stamped with a Penny Black, it was sent to Theodore Hook in Fulham, South West London, possibly by Hook himself as a practical joke.
Wayne, from Port Talbot, said: "I was convinced that my younger brother, who regularly plays practical jokes on me, had somehow found a way to trick me.
And the more convoluted and long-winded the practical joke or prank, the less funny it is.
Correspondents of Super-Info organized the practical joke on Nazira Aitbekova involving her kidnapping.

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