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    Question Developing a quick wit

    Does anyone have any hints, tips or sites for improving wit?

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    "The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit."
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    I tend to be able to improve my wit by not taking anything seriously. By making fun of everything up to and including myself.

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    I would say practice. You can't be afraid of failure. I say the first thing that pops in my mind and I believe my success rate has steadily increased. Or maybe I have just offended mostly everyone that doesn't have the same sense of humor as me, therefore increasing the chance that I am surrounded by slow witted people who find me funny. Hmmm, will need to give this some thought....


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    aelan, quoting and lines from others are good, but being able to remember an apt one is another skill entirely.

    Uberfuhrer, Yes, taking something to heart is a sure fire way of killing your off humor.*

    BryNTP, practice is vital, but not the end; you have to have something to practice with.

    What I have found is that I have on moments and off moments. But I'm not sure what is the deciding factor, I want to be in a position where I can deliver it when I CHOOSE.


    *typo: it also kills your on humor. Off-humor being all smelly jokes i.e. toilet humor.

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    can you please define wit? (sorry- I'm a bit confused ) it'll make it a lot easier to advise!
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    can you please define wit? (sorry- I'm a bit confused ) it'll make it a lot easier to advise!
    Wisdom, Improvising and Timing.

    "nothing more than an incisive observation, humorously phrased and delivered with impeccable timing." - defined in the Simpsons.

    Basically the 'comeback'.

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    Yes.

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    I have no idea... maybe there are some games that sharpen one's ability to think abstractly and on the fly, since that seems to be the essence of wit - thinking of the thing other people didn't think of and saying it before anyone else can, in a way that makes people laugh. Given that I'd say it seems to be a quality native to Ne, but an ENTJ I know is one of the wittiest people I know, and Carebear can be very witty too at times... though I guess INFP's do have Ne secondary... Many of the things I say that people call witty leave me standing in bewilderment cos I didn't really mean it to be - I was just almost compulsively voicing something I observed in whatever words came to me first... I don't realize it's funny until I hear them laugh and look at it from their POV.

    I'll have a think about it and see if I can think of any situations or environments that I've found to help hone/encourage that kind of thinking... I think whatever they are, they all require a person to be able to not take themselves too seriously... well, all people present in the situation.

    Do you mean the rapid fire sorta wit, in fast-paced face to face interactions or forum threads? Or the ability to come up with a wickedly dry and rapier-sharp comment on a forum, where you have time to think about it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    Yes.
    PC tourettes or am I missing something...

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