Among his intimate friends and acquaintances he is said to unbend somewhat and give play to a quiet humour and gentle raillery
, but as students we seldom saw other than the sterner side of his character.
Dr Samuel Johnson would participate in these verbal gymnastics and on one occasion when on the receiving end of some vulgar raillery
vigorously replied: "Sir, your wife, under pretence of keeping a bawdy - house, is a receiver of stolen goods".
Comic laughter for the gentleman humorist is Addisonian: amiable and tolerant when possible, with benevolence always at the core of whatever raillery
sorry," I stammered, certain that I knew the source of her displeasure: my raillery
about upper-crust Protestants.
He was stopped at several tables to acknowledge acquaintance, exchange gossip and jokes and endure heavy-handed raillery
regarding his friend from Gibraltar.
McLuhan generates such a sense of drama that the reader, or the looker, is pulled through his terrible puns ("from the cradle to the gravy," "eager to sell their souls for a pot of message"), moments of sourness and fulminating raillery
("Time deals with its readers as a Sultan with his eunuchs"), phrases that sound as if they were cliches even before they were written ("these wondrous totalitarian techniques for mashing the public into processed cheese"), or what feels like irritation parading as judgment ("'Democratic' vanity has reached such proportions that it cannot accept as human anything above the level of cretinous confusion of mind of the type popularized by Hemingway's heroes").
Every bit as successfully, too, despite all the mud-wallowing, swamp-foundering, marsh-dunking, other kinds of soaking, and shivering--always shivering--that make for good if, for the likes of this reviewer, imperatively cautionary post-hunt clubhouse raillery
1) These range from tongue-in-cheek witticisms to a more malicious raillery
and to biting criticism delivered through explicit mockery and veiled self-parody, the whole underpinned by an unmissable sense of fun) (2) This is a topic that has received excellent critical attention, among which I would single out the sections on this story in Rene Costa's comprehensive study Humor in Borges (25-36 et passim) and Bell Villada's ever-perceptive Borges and his Fiction: a Guide to his Mind and Art (particularly 226-35).
And that's what renders the film totally inoffensive: one's conviction that, for all his raillery
, he's actually in love with this neurotically posturing rift-raff.
For Unsworth's foppish and self-inflated director, the play suits its age, "full of raillery
and sensibility and refined manners" (144).
THROUGHOUT ITS EXISTENCE after the Union of 1800 the viceroyalty (lord lieutenancy) of Ireland was a butt of raillery
instead of seconding any Thing that had been said, made Use of the Warmth the Chancellor was in, and of some Expressions He had used, to fall into Raillery
, which was his best Faculty; with which He diverted the King from any farther serious Reproaches; and Both of them grew very merry with the other, and reproached his overmuch Severity.
Notwithstanding his unpromising aspect, he is vastly quick & sensible, has great spirit & spirits, is lively & entertaining, and understands raillery
, for [he is] the only one of his Country-men George has met with who does, they being a grave people & no jokers.
define it as 'biting wit, raillery
, banter' and cite only five examples, two from Quintilian and three from Cicero; Suetonius, who uses the word twice, is not cited for this word, nor for the adjective dicax which he also uses twice.
An article published in the Boston Newsletter called the Courant a "Notorious, Scandalous Paper" full of "Nonsense, Unmannerliness, Raillery
, Prophaneness, Immorality, Arrogancy, Calumnies, Lyes.