Whoops what's this... another word of the day?!
Well first of all I'm catching up on the two days I couldn't cover due to personal reasons. Both these words came after I had a discussion with Bonny regarding the post I did on Friday... he thought I was going to use the word caricature when I asked if I could use the drawing he made of himself.
Instead I offered to use the word Caricature and another one (undecided at the moment) to make a double feature of his drawings. They were supposed to come out on Monday and Tuesday but even if I had it planned I just didn't have any access to Kinja during those days. After doing my research on the word Caricature I realized I could use another related word to use the same image... and well make up for these two days. Turns out Burlesque has a quite interesting origin (if you're a Spanish speaker) so I went with that word instead of the many listed in the last section of today's special.
Without further ado...
Monday's word is:
|ˈkarikə ch ər; -ˌ ch oŏr|
- A picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.
- The art or style of such exaggerated representation : there are elements of caricature in the portrayal of the hero.
- A ludicrous or grotesque version of someone or something : He looked like a caricature of his normal self.
verb [ trans. ] (usu. be caricatured)
- make or give a comically or grotesquely exaggerated representation of (someone or something) : He was caricatured on the cover of TV Guide | a play that caricatures the legal profession.
ORIGIN: mid 18th cent.: from French, from Italian caricatura, from caricare 'load, exaggerate,' from Latin carricare 'to load' .
Tuesday's word is:
- Aparody or comically exaggerated imitation of something, esp. in a literary or dramatic work : The funniest burlesque of opera | [as adj. ] Burlesque Shakespearean stanzas.
- Humor that depends on comic imitation and exaggeration; absurdity : The argument descends into burlesque.
- A variety show, typically including striptease : [as adj. ] Burlesque clubs.
verb ( -lesques |ˈbərˈlɛsks|, -lesqued |ˈbərˈlɛskt|, -lesquing |ˈbərˈlɛskɪŋ|) [ trans. ]
- Cause to appear absurd by parodying or copying in an exaggerated form : She struck a ridiculous pose that burlesqued her own vanity.
ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from French, from Italian burlesco, from burla 'mockery,' of unknown origin.
THE RIGHT WORD
Skilled writers and artists who want to poke fun at someone or something have a number of weapons at their disposal.
An artist might come up with a caricature, which is a drawing or written piece that exaggerates its subject's distinguishing features or peculiarities (: the cartoonist's caricature of the presidential candidate).
A parody is similar to a caricature in purpose, but is used of written work or performances that ridicule an author or performer's work by imitating its language and style for comic effect (: a parody of the scene between Romeo and Juliet). While a parody concentrates on distorting the content of the original work, a travesty retains the subject matter but imitates the style in a grotesque or absurd way (: their version of the Greek tragedy was a travesty).
A lampoon is a strongly satirical piece of writing that attacks or ridicules a person or an institution; it is more commonly used as a verb (: to lampoon the government in a local newspaper).
While a caricature, a parody, and a travesty must have a specific original to imitate, a burlesque can be an independent creation or composition; it is a broad comic or satiric imitation, often a theatrical one, that treats a serious subject lightly or a trivial subject with mock seriousness (: the play was a burlesque of ancient Rome).
Mimicry is something you don't have to be an artist, a writer, or an actor to be good at. Anyone who successfully imitates another person's speech or gestures is a good mimic or impressionist, whether the intent is playful or mocking (: he showed an early talent for mimicry, entertaining his parents with imitations of their friends).
Thanks to Bonny John for letting me use his art :3 he's the best!! Go give him some love <3