The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Fifteen – Vocabulary

The vocabulary word for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 15 is a trait that many people look for in friends and companions. Someone with this trait can keep you constantly on your toes or rolling on the ground laughing. Today our vocab word for Chapter 15 is…

WIT/WITS

Keep reading or watch the video below see how the word ‘wit’ is used in The Prince and the Pauper.

WIT/WITS

DEFINITION

(n) mental sharpness and inventiveness
FACTS/CHARACTERISTICS

Often associated with using words/ideas in a quick way to create humor
EXAMPLES

cleverness
intelligence
NON-EXAMPLES

stupidity
humorlessness
mindlessness

Etymology

  • Old English
  • “wit, witt, gewit” meaning understanding, intellect, sense; knowledge, consciousness, conscience
  • related to Dutch “weet” and German “Witz”

Sentences/Additional Forms

  • Straightforward sentence: As the girl grew older, she developed a quick wit, which kept her parents on their toes.
  • Sentence from the chapter: “As soon as he could recover his wits he cried out…” (p. 90)
  • Other forms: witty (adj.), wittiness (n), wittily (adv), witticism (n)

Clever Witticisms

  1. I started out with nothing…I still have most of it.
  2. Some days you’re the dog, some days the hydrant
  3. It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
  4. Nostalgia isn’t what is used to be.
  5. I wish the buck stopped here. I could use a few.
  6. Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip round the sun.

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References

https://www.etymonline.com/word/wit

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