- CD's reference to his succeeding the experimental philosophical pig who had died from "taking a bath at too high a temperature", and thus falling a victim "to his thirst for knowledge" is a jocose allusion to Pliny's death during the eruption of Vesuvius, which he was trying to study at close quarters.
- students of bones, a jocose reference back to the first description of Mrs Podsnap ( OMF i 2) as a "fine woman for Professor Owen, quantity of bone, neck and nostrils like a rocking horse
- Tallboy was jocose.
- Doncaster had arrived in Paris on Michaelmas day, where he encountered Roger de Missenden and Thomas de la Ley, king's clerk, seated at dinner "jocose, sanos et hillares".
- Sir: A few hours after reading Terry Coleman's article on the United Nations General Assembly (30 September), I came across this passage in Trollope's Barchester Towers, which exactly expressed my feelings, and, I hope, those of many others of your readers: I know no life that must be so delicious as that of a writer for the newspapers to thunder forth accusations against men in power; show up the worst side of everything that is produced; to pick holes in every coat; to be indignant, sarcastic, jocose, moral, or supercilious; to damn with faint praise, or crush with open calumny.
- It's never tobacco or alcohol, the most dangerous addictive drugs around, which people have in mind when they refer, whether in jocose or deadly-serious vein, to a "drugs problem": it's illegal drugs they are on about.
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