"Wit is a form of intelligent humour, the ability to say or write things that are clever and usually funny. A wit is a person skilled at making clever and funny remarks. Forms of wit include the quip and repartee."
The American Heritage Dictionary (fourth edition) defines wit as:
"Perception and understanding; intelligence. Keenness and quickness of perception or discernment."
So I cannot help but cringe when I see poor representations, or, worse yet, poor interpretations of wit. Wit, unlike humor, does not always make you laugh or raise your spirits. Instead, wit lingers on the tongue like smoky, rich coffee: its an acquired taste; a brain tease with a vast emotional and intellectual core. And although its aromatic depth is sometimes overlooked, it is still, curiously, appreciated.