In English a “bon mot” is a quip or witty remark. The phrase crossed over from France around 1730 and became a fashionable way to describe the clever and amusing asides that entertained eighteenth-century high society. Oscar Wilde was later famous for peppering his plays with them. Sadly, many genuinely funny bons mots have been turned into clichés through overuse. The worst examples of these tend to be alcohol-related and can be found adorning the walls and menus of cheap bars and restaurants.