Brevity is the soul of wit

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Brevity is the soul of wit.

Prov. Jokes and humorous stories are funnier if they are short. Dale took ten minutes to tell that joke; he obviously doesn't know that brevity is the soul of wit. The comedian was in the middle of a long, tedious story when someone in the audience shouted, "Brevity is the soul of wit!"
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Patterns of dolphin behaviour at the surface obey the same law of brevity as human language, with both seeking out the simplest and most efficient codes", RamAon Ferrer i Cancho, co-author of the study published in the journal Complexity and a researcher in the Department of Languages and IT Systems at the UPC, tells SINC.
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This was a programme sadly even brevity couldn't rescue.
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The editorial staff" reserves the right to edit all letters for brevity and clarity.
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The brevity of this book means that many of Jarl's summaries are so concise that many will find them unhelpful.
Though it is difficult to determine the exact audience for this book, particularly since its brevity makes it helpful if the reader has a solid background in either history or policy studies, it does seem to be geared chiefly for those who are familiar with public policy.
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Brevity Codes" document that defines the language used to communicate with tactical aircraft via radio, I was surprised to learn the origins of several of the brevity words in use today.
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