By the way, if, in sixty years of speechifying, journalism, writing two books and conducting voluminous correspondence, George Lansbury ever made a joke or a witticism , it has escaped Dr Shepherd.
After everyone had a chance to read the piece, the room began to jump with jokes and witticisms about the plan.
He can chuckle over some of the hard times of his young adulthood though you can sense the hurt that lingers behind the easy jokes and witticisms .
Like them, he writes a kind of protest poetry: wisecracks and witticisms made in the tumbril cart on the way to the guillotine of literary judgment, perhaps.
Maybe younger viewers will find these witticisms funny.
But his real and enduring value is as a superb writer: a crafter of succulent sentences, savory asides, tart witticisms (and other easy food metaphors he would never have condescended to use).
Some witticisms were outright jokes at the passerby's expense.
The acerbic Australian, equally at home dissecting serious cultural issues and Japanese endurance game shows, will be reading from his new collection of essays and dispensing bons mots, acid witticisms and Antipodean insights.
He would start with off-the-cuff remarks and witticisms and gradually improvise a setting in which they could shine.
This book is full of aphorisms, bon mots and witticisms , nearly all to do with the absurdity of the world in which we live.