mock-serious

mock-serious

adj
pretending to be serious as a joke, etc
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One is aware of the mood and style in which one is expected to review the Travels, namely a corresponding mock-serious facetiousness.
The host then asks, mock-serious, which team she is supporting.
Hajaya wrote at least six poems on the second Iraq war, and his poetry continues to respond to current events: he's written poems of warning to Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin, mock-serious love poems to Tzipi Livni and Condoleezza Rice, and an elegy to Mu'ath al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian pilot burned to death by ISIS.
Previously, several other news organisations have fallen victim to the Onion's mock-serious news style, the paper added.
Wiig is adorable as the visually impaired love interest and Rogen brings a roguish charm to his titular hero, becoming mock-serious when he imparts the secret of the universe: "Be yourselves, speak from the heart - some rubbish like that."
Wiig is adorable as the visually-impaired love interest and Rogen brings a roguish charm to his titular hero, becoming mock-serious when he imparts the secret of the universe: "Be yourselves, speak from the heart - some rubbish like that."
Wiig is adorable as the visually impaired love interest, and Rogen brings a roguish charm to his titular hero, becoming mock-serious as he imparts the secret of the universe: "Be yourselves, speak from the heart - some rubbish like that."
Biden's reply, in a mock-serious tone said "let me be clear.
Deep down, though, in the part of the brain that really knows what's up, they carry the secrets, what Rapaille calls, in the typically mock-serious way of French intellectuals, The Codes.
Helpfully, Gardner packs in some ancillary material of interest mainly to the devout Snarkophile: Holiday's recollections of working with Dodgson (the artist's job expanded as the author added fits); a mock-serious commentary by the philosopher F.
Though the backrubs had long since ended by the time I saw the show (the therapist was apparently an interactive component conceived primarily for the opening), the booze and the tunes continued to occupy a little shelf enfolded within a pair of car doors, each adorned with one half of a painted butterfly emblem--a junkyard reliquary that somehow manages something approaching delicacy in its mock-serious representation of its subject.
Working from a script he concocted with wife Jerusha Hess (who also collaborated on "Napoleon Dynamite") and Mike White (co-writer, with Jack Black, of "The School of Rock"), Hess treats his familiar plot merely as an excuse to string together scenes of straight-faced looniness and mock-serious dialogue.