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TO WIT. That is to say; namely; scilicet; (q.v.) videlicet. (q.v.)

TO WIT. To know, that is to say, namely. See Scilicet.

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Merriman, a pretty, vivacious little woman in the thirties; her husband, a jovial fellow, something of a shallow-pate, who laughed a good deal at other people's witticisms, and had thereby made himself extremely popular.
It was a good joke, they all thought, especially to see how Tom looked after his things, as they were going this way and that; and then the auction of the trunk, that was funnier than all, and occasioned abundant witticisms.
Jennings, indeed, were not so nice; their witticisms added pain to many a painful hour;-- but one evening, Mrs.
Here is Don Kyrieleison of Montalvan, a valiant knight, and his brother Thomas of Montalvan, and the knight Fonseca, with the battle the bold Tirante fought with the mastiff, and the witticisms of the damsel Placerdemivida, and the loves and wiles of the widow Reposada, and the empress in love with the squire Hipolito- in truth, gossip, by right of its style it is the best book in the world.
And, in fact, Bilibin's witticisms were hawked about in the Viennese drawing rooms and often had an influence on matters considered important.
She repeated some witticisms about the devil when he was sick, and told him, "She doubted not but shortly to see him at liberty, and as lively a fellow as ever; and then," says she, "I don't question but your conscience will be safely delivered of all these qualms that it is now so sick in breeding.
The witticisms with which Jane unsuspectingly enlivened the pages of the Recording Angel were conclusive on this point.
This man, who had remained immovable as bronze when menaced by the mob -- not a muscle of whose face was stirred, either at Mazarin's witticisms or by the jests of the multitude -- seemed to the cardinal a peculiar being, who, having participated in past events similar to those now occurring, was calculated to cope with those now on the eve of taking place.
Several of the great continental 'powers' still retain their 'fools,' who wore motley, with caps and bells, and who were expected to be always ready with sharp witticisms, at a moment's notice, in consideration of the crumbs that fell from the royal table.
And MacAulay is certainly a master of the ad lib and the instant witticism, a result of his years of experience on the live comedy circuit including a stint as the first Scottish compere at the Comedy Store in London - a club famed for its heckling and giving unentertaining performers short shrift.
The exhibition is a jest, with artists refusing to take themselves or the art world too seriously; however, using bombast to distract the viewer from the exhibitions mundanity undermines the exhibition's usefulness as witticism.
But my musical pal Andy asserts it was an earlier American entertainer, Jimmy "Schnozzle" Durante, who coined this witticism.