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traduccion2011

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Spanish-Spain
Hi!

Could anyone help me out please?

He says to a waitress "Give him something to eat!" before cracking up laughing at his own non-wit.

What does "non-wit" mean here?

Thank you very much!!
 
  • KHS

    Senior Member
    It would be good to know what came before this, but my guess is that he said something that perhaps he considered humorous/witty, but that others wouldn't (thus "non-wit"). The use of non-wit is clearly understandable but not a standard usage, and appears to be constructed by the author for this situation.

    The prefix non- is fairly productive, which makes this easily understandable (depending on the circumstance).
     

    JamesM

    Senior Member
    He apparently said something that he thought was witty but was not. "Non-" means "not" or "not for" as in "non-toxic", "non-profit", "non-governmental organizations".

    It's not clear whether the waitress thought he wasn't witty or if it is simply an observation by the author.
     

    traduccion2011

    Member
    Spanish-Spain
    Hello! Thank you for your answers!

    In that description, there is nothing before, not after. That's it.

    The waitress explains that a man in the room tells her to give Pete (who has just arrived) something to eat before cracking up laughing at his own non-wit.
     
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