Monday, 1 June 2009

Note to the pre-literate naifs also known as the Indian press: a quip is a short, witty remark.

I admit that most of you wouldn't recognise brevity or wit if it mooned you with its Oscar Wilde-sized buttcheeks, but it would be nice if you didn't use the verb form of the word to refer to any remark that pops out of your dullard interlocutor's mouths. They're generally politicians and/or celebrities; you can take it as a given that nothing they ever say will ever be witty.

That is all, quipped jesting Pilate, and would not wait for a response.

1 comment:

Space Bar said...

you can take it as a given that nothing they ever say will ever be witty, informs JP.

(that's another one of their pet formulations. If I were a cat my hair would stand on end.)