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When one should use the word "jovial", is there any specific context discriminating it from, to mention one, "merry", or are they quite similar in usage?

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  • Same meaning, but jovial has a dated sound that signals book learning. – Yosef Baskin Jul 16 '17 at 5:50
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    Yes, jovial and merry mean the same thing, and I agree it definitely sounds dated. "Merry" is the US would only be used around Xmas time to say, "Merry Xmas". Neither of the words would be used often in speech. You would use "happy", "glad", "giddy", "excited", "stoked" and words like that in speech. "I'm so happy to see you.". You would virtually never here: "I feel so very merry now that we have finally met.". (even less so for jovial) – Kace36 Jul 16 '17 at 7:20