Blatherings—Discriminating Wit

The phrase ‘discriminating wit’ is passed about quite frequently in the PL. Usually, in a bad connotation, too. I’ll give you a few examples of how it could be used.

“Dear sir, your discriminating wit is magnificent!” You may have guessed that this was said by one of the Ladies to Mr. Ratherquite.

Two more examples with:

“His lack of discriminating wit causes many problems for many people all over the land.” ~ Mr. Magi.

“Ah, discriminating wit; the aspect that binds us, the aspect that unbinds us, the aspect of wit.” ~ Merlin. And as usual with Merlin, the sense in his statement is lacking.

Anyway, I hope that you have a relative idea about discriminating wit now.

The professor would like to give you an example of a few people who lack discriminating wit to an appalling degree.

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I was in a particularly friendly mood one day not too long ago, when the professor was suddenly approached by an acquaintance, Mr. Leopold. (Names have been coded for fear of retaliation.)

Mr. Leopold was immediately in my face—much too close—and grasped my hand.

“You know,” he said, “I’d like you to do something for me.”

“You would?” I began, trying to back up a little and gain space. It wasn’t working.

“Yes, yes,” he said hurriedly. “It’s very important, and I’ll tell you what it is.”

“But I haven’t even agreed,” I protested. “But you seem to think I have.”

“Oh,” Mr. Leopold said. “You’ll agree.” He smiled and leaned closer. “Or, I won’t be your friend anymore.” He said it as a joke, and he laughed. But the professor was really thinking about how nice it would be to lose Mr. Leopold as a friend.

Before the bother could say anything else, another man—tall, thin, and slight, and very grave—walked up. He looked at me for a second, smiled warily, and mumbled, “Hi, VJ,” then he immediately began to speak with Mr. Leopold.

Now, any respectable gentlemen would have done something, for it was pure rudeness of Mr. Goats (the other fellow) to interrupt, and pure rudeness of Mr. Leopold to engage him.

But this professor didn’t want to speak with Mr. Leopold in the first place, so it was time for a hasty retreat.

Unfortunately, that’s when Mr. Spruce walked up. Mr. Spruce has a very interesting smile. It’s usually plastered from cheek to cheek. Whether it’s genuine or not, I’m not sure, though I’d probably—if given a choice—go with the latter.

“Hi!” he said loudly, embracing me forcibly.

I believe I smiled and nodded.

“So how have you been?” The smile was still present—as it always is—which is a wonder to this professor.

“Well,” I began, “rather well, rather well.”

At that exact moment, Mr. Leopold stepped in front of me and began speaking with Mr. Spruce. That’s when I made my getaway.

All three dadblameries are supreme examples of people who lack discriminating wit.

As usual, an intriguing photo:

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(I may have posted this before, but the professor really connects with this fellow.)

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44 Responses to “Blatherings—Discriminating Wit”


  1. 1 krugthethinker August 27, 2013 at 04:29

    PS: I like your shark. This year I have become quite enamored of all types of marine animals, but a shark is hard to beat!

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke August 27, 2013 at 12:32

      Sharks are really neat marine animals. This guy is really, really, really ugly, isn’t he? Yet at the same time, there’s something sweet about him.

      • 3 daniellajoe September 2, 2013 at 14:55

        Are you a lawyer???

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke September 2, 2013 at 15:35

        No, the professor is not. Why do you ask?

      • 5 daniellajoe September 2, 2013 at 16:14

        It’s a pun :-) sorry Professor lol

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke September 2, 2013 at 18:17

        :lol: It made this professor laugh!

      • 7 Professor VJ Duke September 2, 2013 at 15:43

        But the professor has been known to think alike to one…

  2. 8 krugthethinker August 27, 2013 at 04:28

    I am only glad that the lack of discriminating wit worked in your favor to make a quick escape! I was raised in the South and trained in the ways of sweet and slow conversation, so sometimes it is difficult for me to beat a retreat from someone who lacks discriminating wit!

    • 9 Professor VJ Duke August 27, 2013 at 12:31

      I understand. This professor almost didn’t escape hisself! But the professor could use being trained in the art of sweet and slow conversation…

  3. 10 Brenda August 22, 2013 at 16:17

    I am pleased to sojourn in the PL with such a lot of discriminating wits who really know how to cut a dampening drip dead. :-) Thanks for visiting the land of friendlyfairytales, Professor. I’m honored!

    • 11 Professor VJ Duke August 22, 2013 at 16:56

      Thank you, it’s great to have you. Too kind! The professor is honored.

  4. 12 sknicholls August 22, 2013 at 02:20

    I would have followed you.

    • 13 Professor VJ Duke August 22, 2013 at 11:28

      You mean you wouldn’t have let me retreat?

      • 14 sknicholls August 22, 2013 at 11:58

        Not all of the way alone. I would have left with you :)

      • 15 Professor VJ Duke August 22, 2013 at 14:00

        :D And quickly too!

  5. 16 Sonya Solomonovich August 22, 2013 at 00:35

    Lack of discriminating wit or just bad upbringing? Either way, very ungentlemanly of them.

    • 17 Professor VJ Duke August 22, 2013 at 01:16

      Both, I think. What would a Swashbuckler do in such a position?

      • 18 Sonya Solomonovich August 22, 2013 at 02:55

        Not invite them to my birthday party!

      • 19 Professor VJ Duke August 22, 2013 at 11:28

        :lol:

  6. 20 Angeline M August 22, 2013 at 00:27

    What a nasty encounter, and good that you could slip away from the dadblameries who have not an ounce of wit, discriminating or otherwise.

    • 21 Professor VJ Duke August 22, 2013 at 01:15

      Thank you so much! But I was sorely tempted to beat them with something!

  7. 22 The Dancing Rider August 21, 2013 at 18:25

    Avoidance. Sometimes it’s the best thing, but usually won’t work forever. Think of your little smiling friend in the sea there. Sharks and wolves are two of my favorite creatures. I know Mr. Shark would most likely not avoid. Or, if he did, he would have given a good bump on the way out. ;-)

    • 23 Professor VJ Duke August 21, 2013 at 19:44

      An excellent point! Either avoid or bump them–real good. :) (The shark picture is neat, isn’t it? Ugly, though, too.)

      • 24 The Dancing Rider August 21, 2013 at 19:56

        Yes, they do have ugly mouth syndrome. And usually appear to be wickedly smiling…..

      • 25 Professor VJ Duke August 21, 2013 at 19:59

        Which fits really nicely in the PL. Isn’t D. Salami sort of like that? :)

      • 26 The Dancing Rider August 21, 2013 at 20:00

        Oh. Of course he is.

      • 27 Professor VJ Duke August 21, 2013 at 20:00

        :lol:

  8. 28 ladycheetah7 August 21, 2013 at 17:43

    You my friend are far too kind. Perhaps if you carry your sword and act like you are about to sharpen it they might think twice. :-P You might have to appeal to the senses instead of relying on cerebral power. ;-)

    • 29 Professor VJ Duke August 21, 2013 at 19:43

      You are exactly right, Lady. It’s just that the professor is a peaceable fellow. He should have beaten them all–which he could have done. I should carry the sword. True. Most people don’t deal with cerebral power!

  9. 30 Elina August 21, 2013 at 15:32

    Discriminating wit, what an interesting concept. Professorish, if I may say :)

    • 31 Professor VJ Duke August 21, 2013 at 19:41

      Thank you! Absolutely, though it was probably used way before the professor even discovered the PL! ;)

      • 32 Elina August 21, 2013 at 19:54

        I’m sure. By another professor :)

      • 33 Professor VJ Duke August 21, 2013 at 19:58

        :D There is only one professor! (But I think I see what you mean.)

      • 34 Elina August 21, 2013 at 20:00

        :D

  10. 35 Susan P August 21, 2013 at 13:41

    I have a recurring dream (or nightmare – haven’t discriminated yet which) that is remarkably like this blathering. It always ends with one of them head down in a barrel of maple syrup. Manothunder, is that ever a sorry waste of maple syrup.

    • 36 Professor VJ Duke August 21, 2013 at 14:01

      :lol: Wowawee! I like the ending! These three should have been dipped in the syrup, but it would have been a waste; you’re right.

  11. 37 FictionFan August 21, 2013 at 13:29

    What a pity you didn’t have your Katana handy – they sound a lot like I imagine Giant Worms would sound…assuming they were Talking Giant Worms…

    • 38 Professor VJ Duke August 21, 2013 at 13:59

      Which is a possibility. I’d like to see Mr. R and the Ladies deal with those three. You do understand that the professor isn’t vicious, though, right? He wouldn’t use his Katana necessarily.

      • 39 FictionFan August 21, 2013 at 17:23

        Glad to hear it…though I think you should make an exception for that creature and his creatures. ;)

      • 40 Professor VJ Duke August 21, 2013 at 19:42

        Oh no no. Once you start making exceptions, it gets real dangerous…

  12. 41 Jackie August 21, 2013 at 12:57

    I feel much more enlightened now regarding discriminating wit. Thank you, Professor! Lack of it is pretty shameful.

    • 42 Professor VJ Duke August 21, 2013 at 13:57

      Yes, absolutely! I think it sounds better anyway to say someone lacks discriminating wit instead of intelligence.

      • 43 Jackie August 21, 2013 at 16:43

        I agree! It does sound better but it does not make the problem better. Lack of intelligence can kill. What a pity so many people are afflicted with this malady.

      • 44 Professor VJ Duke August 21, 2013 at 19:41

        That’s true. Still a problem. :lol: Way too many are!


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