One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually pleasantries‘we exchanged the usual pleasantries’
inconsequential remark, friendly remark, good-natured remark, polite remark, casual remark
North American informal josh
2‘he laughed at his own pleasantry’
joke, witticism, quip, jest, gag, witty remark, sally
informal wisecrack, crack
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