Is there a term for a person who is able to take things lightly, joke about or satirize people, things and customs. Not in a cruel or mocking way but in a funny and insightful manner.

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    There is the word 'irreverant' which would answer the main question, but not necessarily the description. You can be irreverant in an insightful manner or in a mocking manner. Also I assume you don't want satirical since that's in the description. – S Conroy Aug 7 at 22:28
  • Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. – marcellothearcane Aug 8 at 5:11
  • Yes...I think dry wit is it! Though dry wits are often accused of being irreverent, it's a fine line – Steve Aug 8 at 8:48

It could vary, depending on the specific context, but you could generally describe someone with those attributes as being witty, clever, astute, or even ingenious. I would not use the word irreverent (note proper spelling) because that word has clear imprudent connotations of contempt and even disrespect.

  • Although a person who uses such satirical humour may be witty, clever, astute, and/or ingenious, none of those words imply satire. Witty is the only one of the four that implies any type of humour. – nnnnnn Aug 8 at 1:58
  • You're right..a dry wit is what i was looking for – Steve Aug 8 at 8:44

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