The Closing Word: Raillery

The Closing Word: RailleryThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (RAIL-uh-ree)

light teasing repartee

From “If you engage in raillery, you make fun of someone — but lightheartedly, not in a way that would cause offense. The raillery between good friends or siblings might include laughter and teasing, or a joking banter back and forth. To rail is to complain, although its Middle French root, railler, means “to tease or joke,” possibly from the Old Provençal word ralhar, “to scoff or to joke.”

“Until you have a well-established relationship with your clients, it’s best to hold off on any raillery.”


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