A witling is (or rather 'was' since, regrettably, the term is no longer used) a person who fancies himself a wit, but isn't. This term for an utterer of light or feeble witticisms was first used in 1693. Please may we bring it back into use?
(According to the spellchecker I have invented the word 'utterer'. It seems to me to be quite an acceptable word for one who utters!)
P C Keith Palmer
19 hours ago