Word: Wag.

A “wag” is a witty person – a joker. Used in this sense, the word may have come from the obsolete “wag-halter” (“a rogue; one likely to be hanged”).
Example (as I used it today): “Since (1986), politicians have been snarling things up again. Clinton raised the (tax) cap from 28 percent to 39.5 percent, and then other wags added about 15,000 complications to that pretty-good tax program.”

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