Many a true word is spoken in jest

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Many a true word is spoken in jest is an adage, aphorism or proverb. A version of this appears in The Cook's Tale by Chaucer: "Ful ofte in game a sooth I have herd saye!".[1] James Joyce combined this sentiment with the similar adage of in vino veritas to coin the phrase in risu veritas.[2]


  1. ^ Jennifer Speake, John Simpson (2009), The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-953953-6 
  2. ^ Maud Ellmann (2003), "Shakespeare after Joyce", Shakespeare and Comedy, Cambridge University Press, p. 141, ISBN 978-0-521-82727-0