Bonmots are considered a sign of spirit and are part of the ability to move around in demanding company (see conversation ). A bon mot differs from the related aphorism primarily in the way it is conveyed: a bon mot is typically spoken, an aphorism is written. The bon mot is the quick-witted, witty remark in conversation. In addition, the aphorism emphasizes the inherent knowledge , while the bon mot usually focuses on the entertainment value.
The English equivalent, which is increasingly displacing the French term in common parlance, is one-liner (short for one-line joke but not only related to jokes).
- Many of the examples of jokes in Sigmund Freud's The Joke and its Relation to the Unconscious are bon mots.
- Don't trust any statistics that you haven't faked yourself.
- Only when the tide comes down do you see who is swimming naked. ( Warren Buffett )
- Everyman's Lexicon in ten volumes . 2nd volume. Hermann Klemm Publishing House, Berlin-Grunewald 1929, p. 90
- The Volksbrockhaus . 10th edition. Leipzig 1943, p. 76