be mocking as amusement

English translation: making fun of (in nasty way) and being amused

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English term or phrase:be mocking as amusement
English translation:making fun of (in nasty way) and being amused
Entered by: janejira

16:55 Sep 25, 2018
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English term or phrase: be mocking as amusement
His laugh is not real but a puff of air through his nose that could just as easily be mocking as amusement.

Hello, translators. Could you please help me out with the word "Mock" in this context. I just cannot figure out what is mocking here?
And what does 'mocking' mean? Does it mean that his laugh can be amusement?

Thank you in advance for your time and effort!
janejira
Local time: 13:49
making fun of (in nasty way) and being amused
Explanation:
imo

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Note added at 5 mins (2018-09-25 17:00:59 GMT)
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to mock someone is to make fun of them but it is not particularly nice and could be quite hurtful
https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/mock

the phrasing is knocking you out I think? This could be rephrased as,
His laugh is not real but a puff of air through his nose that could just as easily be considered to be mocking as much as amusement.




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Note added at 7 mins (2018-09-25 17:02:34 GMT)
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so, it might not be just amusement (meaning he is amused and that's why he laughed) but he is actually mocking someone as well

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Note added at 8 mins (2018-09-25 17:03:33 GMT)
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Hope that's clear now?

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Note added at 44 mins (2018-09-25 17:39:37 GMT)
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Some other words for mock "ridicule", scorn, deride, mimic

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/mock

the main difference between mocking someone and being amused is that the first is not very nice for the other person: making fun of them, perhaps making them feel inferior.
Being amused mean you are laughing WITH someone whereas mocking means you are laughing AT them

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Note added at 47 mins (2018-09-25 17:42:58 GMT)
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to answer your other question
"his laugh could be seen as mock (he mocks other or other would mock him?)"

yes, his laugh COULD be mocking someone else
OR he might just be laughing because he finds something funny.

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Note added at 1 hr (2018-09-25 18:14:41 GMT)
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:-)
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Yvonne Gallagher
Ireland
Local time: 07:49
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4 +5making fun of (in nasty way) and being amused
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making fun of (in nasty way) and being amused


Explanation:
imo

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Note added at 5 mins (2018-09-25 17:00:59 GMT)
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to mock someone is to make fun of them but it is not particularly nice and could be quite hurtful
https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/mock

the phrasing is knocking you out I think? This could be rephrased as,
His laugh is not real but a puff of air through his nose that could just as easily be considered to be mocking as much as amusement.




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Note added at 7 mins (2018-09-25 17:02:34 GMT)
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so, it might not be just amusement (meaning he is amused and that's why he laughed) but he is actually mocking someone as well

--------------------------------------------------
Note added at 8 mins (2018-09-25 17:03:33 GMT)
--------------------------------------------------

Hope that's clear now?

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Note added at 44 mins (2018-09-25 17:39:37 GMT)
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Some other words for mock "ridicule", scorn, deride, mimic

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/mock

the main difference between mocking someone and being amused is that the first is not very nice for the other person: making fun of them, perhaps making them feel inferior.
Being amused mean you are laughing WITH someone whereas mocking means you are laughing AT them

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Note added at 47 mins (2018-09-25 17:42:58 GMT)
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to answer your other question
"his laugh could be seen as mock (he mocks other or other would mock him?)"

yes, his laugh COULD be mocking someone else
OR he might just be laughing because he finds something funny.

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Note added at 1 hr (2018-09-25 18:14:41 GMT)
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:-)

Yvonne Gallagher
Ireland
Local time: 07:49
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 249
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thank you so much. But I still cannot fully understand the word mocking (Sorry I am not native) Could you have another synonym for that? Does it mean his laugh could be seen as mock (he mocks other or other would mock him?) and it can be also seen as funny? Thanxxx for your kind help

Asker: Yes, it is clear as crystal now. Thousand Thanks to you! You are so brilliant!


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  philgoddard
34 mins
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agree  Sarah Lewis-Morgan
59 mins
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agree  Carol OConnor
1 hr
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agree  Jack Doughty
1 hr
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agree  Didier Fourcot: being sracastic just for the fun of it
19 hrs
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neutral  katsy: as you say in your penultimate note - could be either mocking OR amusement, not AND as you put in your answer.
22 hrs
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