Word of the Day: February 21, 2013


It has happened to most of us, if not all. There have been and there still are times when we want to make our friends laugh, so we crack up a joke; and yes, we make them laugh not because we delivered the punch line so well, but we sucked at it. That’s a jayus. The joke told so poorly that everyone who heasred it cannot help but laugh.

We have all done it, and we have all laughed at it.

Jayus, coming from Indonesia, is now considered as one of the top untranslatable words. Some argue that “lame joke” would do just fine, but not all lame jokes can make one laugh. A joke becomes a jayus when those who heard it laughed, not at the joke but at the person’s failed attempt to deliver a punch line.

According to my research, the origin of the term came from a person who tells lame jokes. However, I do not believe it entirely, and I think it is just considered an urban legend. Nonetheless, I will share it with you.

Even though i’m [sic] not an expert about language, i [sic] can tell a little bit about “Jayus”. Jayus is actually not a word but a name of a person, its [sic] like a myth i’ll [sic] tel [sic] u [sic], the story goes like this, there’s a person (a teacher if i’m [sic] not mistaken) name [sic] Jayus who always tells weird unfunny jokes and the student in spite of honoring the teacher tried to laugh every time he tells a jokes [sic], long after that, the student are laughing at the teacher not with the teacher. They laugh in term [sic] of how someone could create such weird or lame story in the spirit of humoring.

The name itself becoming a word of that kind of situation. Spreading like hell in major cities, it creates new word of terminology with similar kind of jokes, likes [sic] “Garing” and “Plesetan”. For “Garing” its [sic] the extreme case of Jayus which some times become annoying if someone doesn’t follow the jokes from the start.

Source: http://hardiannazief.com/10/jayus

I apologize for having inserted too many [sic]s in the lifted matter above. I did not edit it to maintain its authenticity, but I did not want to appear like I did not care about the errors made.