A great post on witty banter!
Billy Joel famously remarked, “I don’t want clever conversation; never want to work that hard” (“Just the Way You Are” (1977) at 1:30). For my part, though, I find I do want clever conversation. (And I’m willing to work at it.) Witty wordplay is one of my favorite things to find in a story.
Conversational sparring comes in a number of varieties—and especially in exchanges between romantic interests. This post may run a little long, because in order to get my point across I’ve got to quote some dialogue at length.
The Well-Chosen Word
Verbal comedy can arise spontaneously in comedies of errors—misunderstood conversations, double meanings and double entendres, the confusions to which language is ever prone.
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