Published Tuesday 12 April
Today's obscure words:-
Jongleur n. A medieval troubadour, wandering entertainer
Jocoserious adj. Both funny and serious
Jaculation (behave!) n. Hurling or darting, as of knives and spears
It is May Day 1497. The cobbled square is filled with merrymakers. Here a band of wandering minstrels, plucking citterns, crashing cymbals and blowing crumhorns. There a juggler. Six costumed mummers amuse a group of onlookers with a pantomime. A gasping crowd surrounds a blindfolded fellow as he jaculates pointed knives toward a fair maiden shackled to a wooden wall. Jocoserious jonglers abound. Acrobats, soothsayers, conjurers.
A handsome lad sidles up to a pretty lass. She a vision of loveliness in a gown of pastel jaconet. She lifts a sparkling mask to her eyes as her cheeks blossom. He bows deeply, she curtseys.
“Hail beauteous dame, well met. How art thee this fine day”
“I am in valorous health kind sir”
“P'rchance shall thee consume fine foods with me?”
“ T'wouldst be'est mine own pleasure kind sir”
“Then taketh mine own hand. We shall share together a Big Mac and fr.....”
“CUT! Joey, for the last time, you are taking her to de’Montfault’s, not bloody McDonald's! TAKE TWENTY THREE”
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