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What is your favorite example of persiflage?

Asked by dkranzberg (532 points ) November 14th, 2010

Persiflage is mildly comedic witticism; a form of banter that ends up being a put-down.

Ex.
“In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.”
—Talleyrand

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Blondesjon's avatar

I love you Mother nearly as much as she’s been loving everyone else.

filmfann's avatar

Of all the questions I have seen on Fluther, this is definitely one of them.

zenvelo's avatar

“I cannot praise him enough.” or “His work is beyond description.”

jaytkay's avatar

“[Prime Minister Clement] Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.” – Winston Churchill

Persiflage – great word, thanks @dkranzberg!

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LostInParadise's avatar

I honestly can’t tell you how happy I am to see you.

YARNLADY's avatar

Way over my head.

BarnacleBill's avatar

No good deed goes unpunished. – Clare Boothe Luce

GeorgiaYankee's avatar

GB Shaw (to W Churchill): Have reserved two tickets for opening night; bring a friend, if you have one

W Churchill (to GB Shaw): Am busy that night. Will come to second night, if you have one.

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