I read this following line in Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown.(Page:23)
1-Last month, much to Langdon’s embarrassment, Boston Magazine had listed him as one of that city’s top ten most intriguing people-- a dubious honour that made him the brunt of endless ribbing by his Harvard colleagues.
BRUNT means force, doesn’t it? So what does it mean here? I think the common expression is bear the brunt of something.