One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The insignia of the professional jester.
- ‘The loose connection to Dors is strangely apposite, however, for Marr was as showbiz as a political editor could be without wearing a jester's cap and bells.’
- ‘He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells.’
- ‘Alexander Downer, still waving his cap and bells, pointed out gravely that all 43 were retired.’
- ‘The reason the period has become a joke must have something to do with those rather unfortunate clothes - jester's cap and bells, lace gowns, armour, monk's habits.’
cap and bells/ˌkap (ə)n ˈbɛlz/
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