What is a witty repartee? [when those two words are coming together as a single unit]
Oct 5, 2012 6:26 AM
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Hi Svetlana, a "witty repartee" is an exchange, a quick, stylish conversation or a clever comeback. Maybe you've seen the 2 comedians Abbott and Costello ("Who's on First")? A witty repartee is usually used in a "double act" where there are 2 players who have a routine with fast replies and comebacks. Often there is a straight man, who sets the joke up and then a gag man or funnyman who delivers the comebacks and retorts. Do a YouTube search on "Who's on First" if you've never seen Abbott and Costello. Witty repartee can also just mean a clever conversation that's not part of an act, of course. Some people can answer you with a witty repartee, pun or turn a phrase very quickly. A witty repartee is also called "a snappy comeback"
October 5, 2012
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