witticism


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words or actions intended to excite laughter or amusement

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MacAulay is a master of the ad lib and the instant witticism, a result of his years of experience on the live comedy circuit
The exhibition was better at conveying witticism and pretty good as art.
"Witticism," Dryden's neologism, seems to offer the best description of what we have in the kind of verbal play that Wilde and Saki engage in.
My one regret--I thank Ron Holsey for giving me a chance to repair some of the damage--is my ill-advised witticism about homophobic yokels at the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Beyond this witticism lies the important, underexplored territory of il- and semi-literate understandings of selfhood in early modern England.
He also shows his intellectual utopias like 'the city of 3 million habitants' born from a joke, as the originality of the cosmic dimension of his architecture but also the witticism of his personality as: the monk and the scholar/the modern man and the naked man/the athlete and the searcher.
A witticism attributed to Robert Solow holds that, "We can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics." There is widespread agreement that this paradox is a measurement problem--official price and output data are simply missing the computer revolution.
If a witticism is an epigram on the death of a feeling, this book is an epigram on the death of a liberal.
Researchers in the United States and Italy would like to turn this witticism in a practical direction.
A short poem treating concisely, pointedly, and often satirically a single thought or event and often ending with a witticism or ingenious turn of thought.
Rauch and his talented ensemble rapidly deal the audience witticism upon witticism, like flash cards in a math class, almost as if to say, "Miss that one?
He seldom uses a dull word where a witticism or a sardonic jibe will do-Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur "disappeared into the maw of the movies, where they made a great deal of money but produced nothing worth remembering." And Mencken has total recall for a good story-say, James Huneker's account of Lillian Russell's farewell to four lovers on the day of her third marriage.
UNCLE Grumpy's 'Beauty and the Beast' witticism (Examiner Letters, August 13) misses the real issue.
The boxer rendered his mighty but dim sparring partner speechless with a little witticism.
The score is to bring into play the surnames of the England team, using a tad of poetic licence with the odd witticism thrown in.