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    Not what I was expecting

    This book was a little disappointing. I read through it and was left underwhelmed. The book doesn’t really give a definition for wit. Instead, it makes it seem like sarcasm is wit. It doesn’t really explain how you should stand up to bullies. More, just responding in a sarcastic way that I feel would only cause more conflict. The definition of wit is having mental sharpness and inventiveness – a keen intelligence. That is not at all what I feel this book talks about. There are a couple useful tools in it, but it doesn’t stress at all the tonality necessary to pull of sarcastic “wit”. Nor does it mention how important word choice and structure is. I had high hopes for this book, so the letdown was kind of depressing. The more I read, the more confused I became. This book doesn’t feel like it’s going to help anyone, it’s going to turn people into bullies who use words to cause conflict. Part of the message throughout the book is that having wit will make you funnier, more sociable, and more popular. That is not what I feel that this does at all. It will make everyone around you believe you are confrontational. Being sarcastic isn’t always funny, or a good trait to have when dealing with uncomfortable situations. It can be very negative if used the wrong way. I didn’t like this book. However, I still give it a 3 out of 5. Although, I feel that it gives the completely wrong message, it did have a few good suggestions. There were SEVERAL grammatical errors that should have been fixed (since the copy I read being the second edition), but it had ideas like using improvisation (joining an improv group) that actually made sense in helping one become wittier. Maybe the book doesn’t deserve the rating – maybe it should be worse – but based on its potential to be good and help others (if re-written a bit and edited a lot more), I’m sticking with my review. I just hope the author takes my words into consideration and fixes it.
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    When you're not witty, but want to be. Read This!

    Being quick to wit is not something I was born with, so when I saw this book I was like, ok so now I can up my game. I find that sometimes I am at a loss for words when it comes to the "word game". It has been a downfall of mine for many, many years now. I know I definitely need to step up my know-how in the wit department, and with this book, I am learning to do just that. For some people, wit comes naturally, and they are quick to throw witty sayings right off the cuff. For people like me, that struggle with our witty repertoire it is not always easy and we are left often at "a loss for words". This can be embarrassing, and even sometimes humiliating depending on the situation. I usually say I don't like confrontation, but after reading this book I may be able to deal with confrontation or "verbal abusers" better. Bullying and quick wit go hand in hand and to help deal with a bully a quick wit would really have helped me when i was in school. Now I still get bullied by all kinds of people and have by clients before. It's just easier to handle a client through e-mail than it is face to face. Using the techniques in this book I will be able to remove my stressful situations thus lowering my rate of having stress-related seizures. (Did I mention I was epileptic?) When my stress rate gets too high, I will have mini-seizures which has often been the butt of jokes as well. I look forward to putting these techniques in place the next time i am in a need to have wit situation. Will also be suggesting this book to others I know that will need it.

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