Take a joke lightly

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,

I found the expression "took the joke lightly". My question is: Is it an idiomatic/common use?

''According to CNN, the reporter took the joke lightly and shot back, “I'll get a haircut if you pay for it.'' - activedayton.com

Took the joke lightly: didn't get angry/offended at the joke

Thank you in advance!
  • cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    I'd say it's easily understood although it might not be considered particularly common. Google shows 320 results for the phrase—not a whole lot.


    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    I wouldn't tend to use "lightly" in this context. I would say that the reporter "took the joke well".

    If I say I do not take something lightly it means I treat it with the seriousness it deserves.

    This seems a bit of a mish-mash of the two ideas to me.


    Senior Member
    Chinese Mandarin
    HI, all. Can I say "I can take it (well)." in following situaton.

    A man joked with me and then said "sorry". I explained: No problem. I can take it (well).

    Thank you.


    Senior Member
    English American
    It sounds odd to me. I'd say No problem. I can take a joke.
    No problem. I didn't take it badly.
    You could also say, No problem. I took it well.
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