On Bantering

Using language effectively involves understanding and using many complex - and often only semi-conscious - forms of code. Bantering (a word which students are unlikely to have come across) means using language in such a way that the joking purpose is apparent, even if the overt tone is aggressive or bizarre or surreal. If you don"t understand those subtle nuances of phrasing, or share a similar sense of irony or humour,...

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