How Witty Are You Really?

LIFESTYLE

By: Elisabeth Henderson

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

A quick wit is easy to recognize and difficult to cultivate. The Cambridge Dictionary defines wit as “the ability to use words in a clever and humorous way.” Using words cleverly with humor, though, describes the bare minimum of what makes a person witty. Because in order to use those words a person must have a keen understanding of the social situation, an impeccable sense of timing, a confidence to say the unexpected without regard to whether or not people will appreciate it and an intelligence about what makes something funny, especially in the current context. 

So, wit has to do with mastery of language, an ability to say something that packs a powerful punch in a concise package. How do you develop this ability? Mastery of language comes from engaging regularly with other language masters—excellent literary works filled to the brim with witticisms that turn the meaning of a scene on its head. Politicians, who must by trade master the art of rhetoric, can often show their wit in surprising ways on the world stage. Comedians earn a living based on their ability to wield the power of wit. Pay attention to how the masters use language, and dissect what makes their quips humorous. Some humor comes naturally, but being funny is also an art form that takes discipline to acquire.

Do you have the skills to crack up intelligent party-goers? Should your sayings go viral as internet memes because of their brilliance? If so, you should have some pun with this quiz! 

What is the wittiest place on the internet?

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If you find yourself at a dinner party in vibrant conversation, how do you play it?

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Who was the funniest president?

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What kind of humor will make you laugh the hardest?

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What, in your opinion, is the most crucial element of a good joke?

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Which of the following quick wits would you most want to be like?

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When do you usually come up with the perfect comeback?

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How would you finish the following sentence, “Politicians and diapers must be changed often and ____”?

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How do you feel when a table full of people look at you in anticipation of what you’re going to say?

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How do you typically talk when you interact with children?

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Which of the following literary devices would you be comfortable using in a conversation?

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Which of the following has the power to make a joke a whole lot funnier?

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When you tell a joke in a small group of people, what kind of reaction do you typically get?

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What makes for a good punch line?

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Which comedian is killing it these days?

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How would you complete this famous witty statement: “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the ____”?

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If you walk past a table at a restaurant and overhear something that you have a perfect response to, what would you do?

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If you are in conversation with people you don’t know and you think of something hilarious but inappropriate, what do you do?

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Would you rather be an active participant in a conversation or a bystander?

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How well do you know what you’re going to say before you say it?

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How likely are you to throw out a dirty pun on something innocent a friend said?

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Which of the following best describes your conversational style?

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When you tell a joke, what is the most pressing thing on your mind?

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Which of the following are you most likely to read?

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What is a question you consider when you hear a joke that really makes you laugh?

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What is a reason you would reference a joke someone made earlier in the evening in your own humorous statement?

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What kind of humor do you appreciate when you are reading a book?

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Which element do you find most crucial to understand when analyzing why something is funny?

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If you’re on a roll at a party, when is the best time to stop?

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Can a good joke be recreated?

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