From Latin iocus ("joke, jest, pastime"), from Proto-Italic *jokos ("word, (playful?) saying"), from Proto-Indo-European *yokos ("word, utterance"), from ultimate root Proto-Indo-European *yek- ("to speak, utter") (of which distant cognates include Proto-Celtic *yextis ("language") (Breton yezh ("language") and Welsh iaith ("language")) and German Beichte ("confession")). Cognate with French jouer, Italian giocare, Portuguese jogar, Spanish juego and jugar, Romanian juca, English Yule, Danish Jule, Norwegian Bokmål Jul, Swedish Jul, and Norwegian Nynorsk jol.
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