If you read our last blog about April Fools then you’ll already know a bit about “pranks”!
Noun: A mischievous trick or practical joke.
Definition: A prank (which is also known as a practical joke, gag, jape or shenanigan) is a mischievous trick played on someone, which normally causes the victim to experience embarrassment.
Pranks are typically light-hearted, reversible or non-permanent.
Example: “I played a prank on Jenny last week and hid her food at lunch time.”
Origin: The word originates from the 16th century and is believed to come from the German word “prunken”, which means to display.
“Pranks” are big in America. Big companies and even celebrities have been known to play them, especially on April Fools’ Day:
Famous fast food chain Burger King once played a huge prank on April 1st and published a full page advertisement in a national paper announcing the introduction of a new “Left-Handed” burger, which was especially designed for left-handed Americans.
MTV had a famous show called Punk’d, presented by Ashton Kutcher, who carried out pranks on well-known celebrities including Kanye West and Beyoncé. She was tricked into thinking she’d knocked down a huge Christmas tree in public.
More recently, in modern day slang, “prank” has become a verb, which means to call someone’s phone and hang up straight away – this used to be known as ‘prank calling’
Example:“Hey man, prank me when you are on your way home.”
“I don’t have your number in my phone, can you prank me?”
Have you ever played a prank on anyone? We’d love to hear your best stories!