October 7, 2013 - Word of the Day
The word "gag" has a few different meanings, depending on whether it's used as a verb or a noun.
When used as a verb, "gag" means to choke or have the feeling of choking, or it's a natural reflex of the tongue pushed to the back of the mouth to prevent an object from going down the throat:
- Michelle gagged a little when the doctor swabbed the back of her throat.
- Brian gagged on some brussel sprouts that his mother told him to eat.
- The idea of eating an earthworm makes me want to gag.
- That's so gross, it makes me want to gag.
When "gag" is used as a noun, it's a joke or a plan to create a funny situation.
- Saturday Night Live is a television program well known for raunchy humor and politically-inspired gags.
- Gags written for the performance weren't very funny.
- Samantha has been the victim of several office gags over the last few years.
A gag can also be something that prevents a person from speaking:
- The thieves tied up their victims and put gags in their mouths.
- The judge imposed a gag order on everyone serving on the jury. (gag order = a legally-binding directive that comes from a judge)
- The man was prevented from speaking through the use of a a gag placed in and around his mouth.
He has a gag in his mouth.
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