A half-wit is a foolish or imbecilic person. “I went to school to become a wit—only got halfway through” is a jocular saying that has been cited in print since at least 1999 and is of unknown authorship.
half–wit noun \ˈhaf-ˌwit, ˈhäf-\
Definition of HALF-WIT
: a foolish or imbecilic person
First Known Use of HALF-WIT
30 March 1999, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO), “Spotlite”:
I went to school to become a wit, and only got halfway through.
Google News Archive
9 September 1999, Western Kansas World (Trego County, KS), “Wisdom of Life,” pg. 13, col. 6:
1 went to school to become a wit; only got halfway through.
11 September 1999, Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA), “Bishop’Mantle” by Jim Bishop, pg. 19, cols. 5-6:
I went to school to become a wit—only got half way through.
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I went to school to become a wit. I only got halfway through.
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“I went to school to become a wit, only got halfway through.”
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