March 19, 2013
antic (noun)
\AN-tik\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a wildly playful or funny act or action
How do you use it?
Because of her crazy antics throughout the year, Madison was chosen "Class Clown" in the student poll.
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these things do you think gave rise to the word "antic"?

We're not kidding -- answer A is correct! The Italians of the Renaissance referred to paintings found on the walls of ancient Roman buildings as "antichi" ("ancient things") because of their age. Many of these paintings showed great imagination and depicted subjects from fantasy. In Renaissance England, any similar painting (no matter how old) that showed strange combinations of human, animal, and floral forms came to be called "antike" or "anticke," from "antico," the Italian word for "ancient." Later on, any odd gesture or strange behavior that called to mind such artwork became an "antic." Today, "antic" is used in plural form to mean "funny or playful actions or behavior," sometimes in a way that indicates disapproval, as in, "I'm tired of his childish antics."
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