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It became a joke to be passed from mouth to mouth, producing instant guffaws.
Voltaire never dwells too long on this point, stays to laugh at what he has said, elucidates or comments on his own jokes, guffaws over them or exaggerates their form.
His next touch, a miskick, brought more guffaws.
Such a statement would provoke derisive guffaws from enthusiasts wedded to the myth of England's glorious past.
Apart from a few guffaws, this didn't really change my life for the better.