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witticism
used in The Remains of the Day

12 uses
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Definition
a clever, funny remark
  • By the very nature of a witticism, one is given very little time to assess its various possible repercussions before one is called to give voice to it,
    3m — Day 3 - Morning (21% in)
witticism = a clever, funny remark
  • And I followed this with a suitably modest smile to indicate without ambiguity that I had made a witticism, since I did not wish Mr Farraday to restrain any spontaneous mirth he felt out of a misplaced respectfulness.
    Prologue (82% in)
  • Only then did it occur to me that, of course, my witticism would not be easily appreciated by someone who was not aware that it was gypsies who had passed by.
    Prologue (82% in)
  • Be that as it may, since that first witticism concerning the gypsies, I have not been able to think of other such witticisms quickly enough.
    Prologue (85% in)
  • Be that as it may, since that first witticism concerning the gypsies, I have not been able to think of other such witticisms quickly enough.
    Prologue (85% in)
  • I had been rather pleased with my witticism when it had first come into my head, and I must confess I was slightly disappointed it had not been better received than it was.
    3m — Day 3 - Morning (11% in)
  • I have been studying this programme because the witticisms performed on it are always in the best of taste and, to my mind, of a tone not at all out of keeping with the sort of bantering Mr Farraday might expect on my part.
    3m — Day 3 - Morning (15% in)
  • Taking my cue from this programme, I have devised a simple exercise which I try to perform at least once a day; whenever an odd moment presents itself, I attempt to formulate three witticisms based on my immediate surroundings at that moment.
    3m — Day 3 - Morning (17% in)
  • Or, as a variation on this same exercise, I may attempt to think of three witticisms based on the events of the past hour.
    3m — Day 3 - Morning (17% in)
  • You will perhaps appreciate then my disappointment concerning my witticism yesterday evening.
    3m — Day 3 - Morning (18% in)
  • But this small episode is as good an illustration as any of the hazards of uttering witticisms.
    3m — Day 3 - Morning (21% in)
  • In any case, I am sorry to report that what the local people had themselves offered last night as a witticism of sorts - the prediction that I would not have a good night owing to disturbances from below - proved only too true.
    3m — Day 3 - Morning (24% in)

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