Meaning of Jester


Jester is a term that has its origin in the Italian language. The concept allows to name a character similar to a clown whose purpose is to provoke laughter and entertain the public.

In ancient times, jesters had the function of brightening the days of the monarchs. The jester appealed to jokes and jokes of all kinds with the intention of providing entertainment. That is why their presence was common at court events.

According to DigoPaul, the jesters, however, used to be people with physical abnormalities, so they caused laughter from their body and their gestures, beyond what they expressed in their routines. It could be said that, on many occasions, kings laughed at buffoons, and not at their actions.

Today, the notion is not widely used. The character dedicated to animating parties and developing comic shows is called a clown. Bufón, on the other hand, is used as an adjective to describe a person who usually causes grace, either on purpose or without intention.

For example: “If you want to get a job, you have to behave seriously in interviews: nobody wants to hire a buffoon”, “The actor expressed his intentions to work on a dramatic film, as he tries to show that he is more than a buffoon”, “Don’t be a buffoon, take off that mask and go back to class.

Another use of the concept of jester recognized by the DigoPaul is associated with the idea of peddler. A peddler is a person who trades merchandise informally and without a fixed space, which in some countries is known as a street vendor.

For geology, the jester is a formation found in beach areas. It is a crack that acts as a chimney that opens in cliffs and that is linked to marine chasms (cavities that connect with the outside through vertical conduits or wells or on steep slopes and that arise from karst erosion, or that is, by chemical weathering).

As with other natural formations, the jester attracts many people by offering a truly impressive painting and a spectacle when the sea water surges to the surface, as if it were a cold water geyser. For this expulsion to take place, the sea must be at high tide (or high tide), that is, the water must have reached its maximum height in the tidal cycle; at that moment, if the water hits strongly against a cliff that has a jester, then it will come out with force upwards emitting a very particular sound.

This sound is similar to snorting, a peculiar noise that certain animals make when they are angry, and the name jester derives from this term in this case, unlike its other meanings. It is worth mentioning that the buffoon’s snort can be heard many miles away.

The formation of a jester occurs due to the constant erosion of seawater against the karst reliefs, mainly limestone cliffs, which pierce its lower part once it enters the weakest points and begins to dissolve the limestone at the same time it forms caves and galleries whose extension towards the interior can reach 100 meters.

It is interesting to note that jesters tend to form in groups, although each has a different power. With respect to their specific location, they are very common on the eastern coast of Asturias, in Spain, due to their geological characteristics such as the fractures perpendicular to the sea and the limestone materials of the Paleozoic. Among the most famous buffoons are those of Pría, Santiuste and Arenillas.