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  • n  playful humor

  • Their wondrous facility can lead them into facetiousness; I for one still don't get Fargo, which seems to be about how the folks in Minnesota (the Coen's home state) talk funny and .
  • Not the bleating trumpets and Pop art facetiousness of the '60s TV series, which turned Bob Kane's superhero into a camp crusader.
  • And in the age of movie facetiousness, his dead-serious take on middle-age morosity was a striking theme for a kid still in his 20s (when he made The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable).
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  • Numbers for Kernels’ Hicks are eye-popping
    CEDAR RAPIDS – D.J. Hicks grounded out with runners on second and third to end the fourth inning Thursday night. What a chump. Anyone who has watched the Cedar Rapids Kernels first baseman this season knows that was written with the ultimate facetiousness.
    July 12, 2013 - The Gazette

  • Graham Greene in guardian.co.uk
    Graham Greene praised his second film, the low-budget, breezily inventive comedy-thriller The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939), calling it "as good to watch as either of the Thin Man films: [Dickinson] gives us wit instead of facetiousness - wit of...
  • George Orwell in guardian.co.uk
    Wodehouse was what Orwell called "a political innocent", someone whose essential stupidity about politics - "his mild facetiousness covering an unthinking acceptance [of the world he inhabited]" - rescued him from the charge of the worst...

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