Brunt and Butt

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How to use the words Brunt and Butt?

A person who is the target of jokers is the butt of their humor (from an old meaning of the word “butt”: target for shooting at).

But the object of this joking has to bear the brunt of the mockery (from an old word meaning a sharp blow or attack).

A person is never a brunt. The person being attacked receives the brunt of it.

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