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  • n  a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

  • Art Buchwald's little witticism nicely captured his chosen path to a good death: mocking it to the very end.
  • There the swells would sip martinis, intone the odd witticism or inanity and occasionally commit some headline indiscretion.
  • So I will now exert all my analytic powers to convert his witticism to Holy Writicism.
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  • Editorial: Housing market studies receive a strong appraisal
    An old joke goes: If we placed all of the world’s economists end to end, they still wouldn’t reach a conclusion. The Nobel Prize Committee has marvelously proved that witticism with this year’s selection of three remarkable Americans for the top prize for economics.
    Oct. 16, 2013 - Ventura County Star
  • GUEST ROOM: White Boy Goes to Africa
    During one impressively unproductive procrastination session in Olin, I stumbled across the tumblr, “Gurl Goes to Africa,” with the witticism “I went to Africa and all I got were these pictures” as its tagline. The website defines its purpose as “for all you fabulous biddies who decided that Africa was […]
    Oct. 10, 2013 - The Cornell Daily Sun

  • David Jason in Glasgow Daily Record
    Sir David said: "I think she's the sort who wouldn't have appreciated a witticism of that degree."
  • Sean Lennon in FOXNews
    And finally,Sean writes, "to the puny pinheads who think they're being 'rebellious,' by writing me letters like, 'Hey, yerr mom's lame......' or, 'You'll never be az good az ur dad, or some other such witticism, just try and think for a moment,...
  • Tom Hanks in guardian.co.uk
    Hanks describes the origin of this strange gesture of mirth: "By the time we had done a speech five or six times, we were all bored. Professor Dorr realised he had stumbled upon a joke; he had made a witticism that had surprised even him, and he had...

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