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| “ZANY, n. A popular character in old Italian plays, who imitated with ludicrous incompetence the _buffone_, or clown, and was therefore the ape of an ape; for the clown himself imitated the serious characters of the play. The zany was progenitor to the specialist in humor, as we to-day have the unhappiness to know him. In the zany we see an example of creation; in the humorist, of transmission. Another excellent specimen of the modern zany is the curate, who apes the rector, who apes the bishop, who apes the archbishop, who apes the devil.”|
Ambrose Bierce quotes (American Writer, Journalist and Editor, 1842-1914)
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zany synonyms: bozo, clownish, cuckoo, cuckoos, fool, fooled, fools, geese, goof, goofed, goofing, Goofy, goose, goosed, jackass, Jackasses, sappy, sillier, silliest, silly, unreasonable, wacky, whacky.