Word of the Day – April 24, 2012

banter (noun)

BAN tuhr

teasing or joking in a playful, good-natured way

For Roosevelt to “walk” in public, he had to balance on his locked braces and pretend to be using his legs while he was actually shifting back and forth from his cane to the man (often one of his sons) whose arm he gripped on the other side. The strain always left his suit soaked with sweat, the hand on the cane shaking violently from the effort, the son’s arm bruised where his fingers had dug in. And all the while he would be smiling, keeping up pleasant banter, pretending to enjoy himself.
Garry Wills     April 1994

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