Keep a tight rein on brimming over with derogatory*.
Poking fun at someone really hacks him off when it reaches his temperament fringe. Why not jest in a gentle way then? You can wittily strike into a mirthful environment by doing that. Besides, if your’e a keen conversationalist fused with a good sense of humor, you can always make people chortle without making someone feel a twinge of pain.
-March 07, 2009