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The facets of the word 'facetious'

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Facetious is a #WAFFword that hasn't had as much use in the 21st Century as it did in the 1800s.

Merriam-Webster defines facetious as, "speech that is meant to be funny but that is usually regarded as annoying, silly, or not proper." A facetious comment or remark is used consciously for a humorous effect.

A facetious person is generally known to make cutting, witty, even sarcastic comments.

With origins from the Latin "facetus," or witty," the word evolved into its current form in the late 16th Century.

Being facetious has its place in social situations, like when you're out joking with your friends - but it would be foolhardy to try bringing out that wit in a serious or somber setting.

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