One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a parody of the Gothic novel’
satire, burlesque, lampoon, pastiche, caricature, take-off, skit, imitation, mockery
informal spoof, send-up
West Indian informal pappyshow
British vulgar slang piss-take
rare pasquinade, pasticcio
2‘an appalling parody of the truth’
distortion, travesty, poor imitation, caricature, mockery, misrepresentation, perversion, corruption, debasement
1‘his speciality was parodying schoolgirl fiction’
satirize, burlesque, lampoon, caricature, mimic, imitate, ape, copy, do, do an impression of, make fun of, travesty, take off
informal send up
British vulgar slang take the piss out of
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