Being funny and being witty are not the same thing

by Mr. Sheehy

“You know, Dickie had this great sense of humor when we were growing up. He made me laugh all the time. But in graduate school he stopped being funny and started being, I don’t know . . . witty. And, you know, Mr. Mote, that’s not the same thing. He had some clever remark about everything I said, and somehow it usually left me feeling stupid. I couldn’t make a passing comment on the weather without him analyzing it and finding it ridiculous.” (127)

from Daniel Taylor’s Death Comes for the Deconstructionist