Word of the Day – April 11, 2012

badinage (noun)

BA duh nij

playful, teasing talk; banter

William James corresponded with many people of many sorts. Sometimes he communicated by postcards, or short notes; at others he wrote copious letters. Whether he was compressing his correspondence into the briefest messages, or allowing it to expand into letters of friendly badinage and extended comment, he was incapable of writing a half page that was not characteristic, free, and vivid.
Henry James Jr.     July 1920

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