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This week's theme: Words related to repartee
bon mot (bon mo) noun, plural bons mots
noun: A witty remark.
[From French bon mot, literally good word. It's from the same language in which mother-in-law is called belle-mere, literally beautiful mother. No wonder French was once the language of diplomacy.]
"Many people are familiar with the things [Samuel] Johnson said - with
bon mots such as 'patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel' and
'when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life'."
I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies. -Pietro Aretino, satirist and dramatist (1492-1556)