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2023-03-05 13:00 作者: 来源: 本站 浏览: 23 views Make a Comment 字号:

摘要: Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 5, 2023 is: repartee • \rep-er-TEE\  ̶...

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 5, 2023 is:

repartee • \rep-er-TEE\  • noun

Repartee can refer to either “a conversation in which clever statements and replies are made quickly” or a single “quick and witty reply.” It can also refer to one’s cleverness and wit in conversation, as in “an aunt widely known for her repartee at family gatherings.”

// The twins’ repartee at the back of the class always cracked up their classmates, though their teacher was rarely amused.

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Examples:

“The language of the play moves between the vernacular and the elevated, informed by the repartee of TV sitcoms as well as by the poetry of William Blake.” — Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 19 June 2022

Did you know?

Dorothy Parker was known for her repartee. Upon hearing that former president Calvin Coolidge had died, the poet, short-story writer, screenwriter, and critic—famous for her acerbic wit—replied, “How can they tell?” The taciturn Coolidge, aka “Silent Cal,” obviously didn’t have a reputation for being the life of the party, but he could be counted on for the occasional bon mot, as when a Washington, D.C., hostess told him, “You must talk to me, Mr. President. I made a bet today that I could get more than two words out of you,” and he replied, “You lose.” Repartee, our word for a quick, sharp reply (and for skill with such replies) comes from the French repartie, of the same meaning. Repartie itself is formed from the French verb repartir, meaning “to retort.”



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