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A clever or witty retort. Brett was teased quite often by his peers, but he always responded quickly with a bon mot, causing everyone to erupt into laughter.
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Can't you folks get your pages filled and your bons mots motted by those among us who can discern damn-fool treachery peddled by pettifogging blackguards for what it is without having to join in its promotion?
She also wrote down not only his exercises but his bons mots, and she believed unquestioningly in his approach to work and to life in general.
Hallberg Hallmundsson's Vandroedhur: Visur handa stalpudhum krokkum tiu til hundradh ara (Trouble: Verses for Stalwart Youths from Ten to One Hundred) is a short collection of one-stanza poems, epigrams, and bons mots, built on wordplay and word games.
In addition to his work on dictionaries and academic writings, Galland translated the Qur'an and in 1694 wrote Les Paroles remarquables, les bons mots et les maximes des Orientaux (The Remarkable Sayings, Apothegms, and Maxims of the Eastern Nations ), a compendium of Eastern wisdom.
Lurking behind these well-intended bons mots is a serious purpose, the reform of American sociologists, especially those who hang around with neoclassical economists like the dreaded Becker.
OK, sure, these aren't exactly bons mots from the mouth of Alistair Cooke.
DOWN the years, I have enjoyed reading the bons mots on my annual calendar and they have been a source of inspiration.
It must be great to have an amusing friend like me, always ready to dispense waggish wit and bouncy bons mots.
Truman Capote cut a florid figure late in life, offering up sharp-tongued bons mots on TV talk shows and generally spending more time in the gossip pages than at his work.
In his voluminous writings, terse bons mots and crackling observations spray the reader like grapeshot.
It's just that you need time, space and caffeine to come up with some witty bons mots plus a lucid observation or two.
Douglas Carter Beane, the master bartender of barbs and bons mots best known for penning the 1995 film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!