April 01, 2016
prank (noun)
\PRANK\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a playful or mischievous act : trick
How do you use it?
When Jordan's mom opened her umbrella, a shower of rice rained down on her, and she could only laugh at her daughter's April Fools' Day prank.
Are you a word wiz?

Just as there are many ways to pull a prank, there are several words to refer to a prank. Which of the following do you think is a synonym of "prank"?

We didn't trick you if you chose C! Whether you call them "monkeyshines" or "capers," playful and mischievous tricks will be performed by classmates, family, and even teachers today. It might be a joke played with words, but if it involves deeds, you'll have a "practical joke." And if you're in England, your jests and jinks might be referred to as "rags," while in Scotland they are "shavies." Any way you say it, April Fools' Day is the one time you can "cut didoes" (perform your mischievous or capricious acts) without getting into too much trouble.
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