To Wit: An E-zine On How To Be a Wit
WITTY SELF-EXPRESSION PRODUCTS
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Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions.
Witty titles at the CWA
This last week was the conference on world affairs at the University of Colorado -- my favorite event of the entire year. One of my delights in the event is their use of witty titles for panel sessions. Most of the titles of CWA sessions are in the form of title colon subtitle -- one or the other of them witty; although, they sometimes use just the witty line, or just the straight one. They use a number of rhetorical and humor techniques in constructing the witty part of the title.
They use wordplay. Wordplay starts with a known phrase, a cliché, and works with it. Sometimes the clichés are used as is. For example:
They also use reformed clichés. A reformed cliché is a cliché with a substitution for one or more of the words in it. For example:
Antithesis is very common. Antithesis is the placing of opposite or contrasting words close together. For example:
They use triples, of course:
They play with sounds using rhyme, alliteration, and meter:
As you have no doubt noticed, they are fond of puns. Here are some other examples:
Sometimes they revive stale metaphors. For example:
Sometimes they use metaplasm, playing with the sounds in words, for example:
They're not above using fake definitions:
And finally, they sometimes use antistasis, using a word twice with a different meaning:
As you can see, wit is not just a matter of chance. It is based on well-known techniques.
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