Fabliau

Entertainment / Literature / Fabliau: (plural, fabliaux) A humorous, frequently ribald or 'dirty' narrative popular with French poets, who traditionally wrote the story in octosyllabic couplets. The tales frequently revolve around trickery, practical jokes, sexual mishaps, scatology, mistaken identity, and bodily humor. Chaucer included several fabliaux in The Canterbury Tales, including the stories of the Shipman, the Friar, the Miller, the Reeve, and the Cook. Examples from French literature include Les Quatre Souhais Saint Martin, Audigier, and Beranger au Long Cul (Beranger of the Long Ass).

Jest-Book

Entertainment / Literature / Jest-Book: Any collection of jokes or satirical anecdotes, but especially those jokebooks produced in England, Germany, and elsewhere in the 1500s and 1600s. The earliest English example is A Hundred Merry Tales MORE

Scatology

Entertainment / Literature / Scatology: Not to be confused with eschatology, scatology refers to so-called 'potty-humor'--jokes or stories dealing with feces designed to elicit either laughter or disgust. Anthropologists have noted that sca MORE

Bed-Trick

Entertainment / Literature / Bed-Trick: The term for a recurring folklore motif in which circumstances cause two characters in a story to end up having sex with each other because of mistaken identity--either confusion in a dark room or del MORE

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