Word of the Week: bon mot (bôn MŌ)


(Noun) A clever or witty saying; a witticism, repartee.

In Context

“Her [Sarah Bernhardt’s] last bon mot, uttered in 1923 as she lay dying, was to observe of the waiting journalists, ‘They’ve tortured me all my life, now I’ll torture them.’”

Emma Brockes, “Mystery Diva,” The New York Times, September 17, 2010.