Repartee: n. verbal sparring with wit and banter
It is difficult to verbally spar or attack and counter attack without being overly offensive or overly insulting and causing serious arguments and impulsive stupid replies but when it is done with wit and banter the sparing can sometimes indeed be entertaining without severe ego damage.
Five examples of repartee are given here:
Repartee between a critical adult woman and a married man who behaved badly.
“If you were my husband I would poison your coffee.” “If I were your husband I would drink it!”
“If you were my husband I would slap you.” “If I were your husband I would slap you back.”
Here are three witty put downs followed by a witty comeback which are also examples of repartee:
“Am reserving two tickets for you for my premiere. Come and bring a friend – if you have one.” “I have so many friends reserve more than two tickets.”
“What a beautiful baby! Was it conceived naturally?” “No, it had a beautiful surrogate mother.”
“You’re really pretty in this picture, I didn’t recognize you!” “I have no trouble recognizing your pictures because you are never pretty in them.”
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