Current trends in society could lead us to believe that a cutting and critical wit is a sure sign of intelligence and insight. The repartee portrayed on stage and screen often shows the jokester as the star.
While that may work well in scripted television and movies, it often doesn’t work as well in real life.
The man of style and substance is well served to remember that taking the low road often results in being remembered as crass and insensitive to the pain of others as opposed to being witty and inyelligent. Better always to take the high road, perhaps especially in quick witted exchanges lest all your other efforts are undone by a simple slip of the tongue.