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Good-humored satire, ridicule, or banter.

There is a simple but effective test of satire, one that hails back to Aristotle. "Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor," he said, "for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit."

—Jon Sanders
“Liberals Don't Get the Joke, But They'll Try to Get the One Who Made It”, May 8, 2007

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