Not A Titter O Wit
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I don't know whether others would know what "A Titter Of Wit" means or whether it is just a Northern Ireland expression or maybe even an Irish expression, as in the whole of the island of Ireland.
Wit = Wise or Sensible
The word "wit" here does NOT mean funny or witty: it has nothing to do with this meaning. It is nearer the meaning of wit in "to have your wits about you". But it actually refers to common sense.
And no, this does NOT refer to a nervous laugh or suppressed giggle, it means "a small amount" or "some". So someone with "A Titter Of Wit", would be someone with some commonsense.
Not A Titter Of Wit
This is used for someone with no commonsense. I found myself using it today in relation to discussing someone's actions, which I didn't think used commonsense. The person to whom I was speaking said she had often found the same with very intelligent people, they didn't have a titter of wit.
All Brains And No Wisdom
Do you know someone like this? Very brainy or intelligent but no commonsense? Unfortunately, I do. I knew of one person who gained a masters degree in Accountancy and ended up selling firewood from the back of a trailer. This is not to say there is anything wrong with that or that people with degrees shouldn't do it. It was just that despite all his book learning, he was unable to keep a job simply because he lacked any kind of commonsense and he kept getting sacked. He could drive, he had a trailer and he was able to chop wood, so that was where he ended up. At least he had a job! Presumably, he also knew how to fill in his tax returns but somehow, I doubt it because that person did not have a titter of wit!
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