Indeed the essence of all wit lies in the
distortion of the true and natural meaning of words:
a perfect instance of this is when we misrepresent
our own or another's opinions or assert some impossibility.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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