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Like many of us at home, Will Packer thought the confrontation between Will Smith and Chris Rock at Sunday’s 2022 Academy Awards was a bit.

I wonder what 'bit' means here.

Does it mean 'a usually short theatrical routine' as defined in the Webster's dictionary?

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This use is probably the second definition of "bit" in oxford dictionary:


a set of actions or ideas associated with a specific group or activity.

"Miranda could go off and do her theatrical bit"

So in this case, this might imply that the confrontation was a joke.


In comedy, a "bit" is a joke or a premise for a joke. In this case, if Will Smith and Chris Rock had planned and then acted out the whole confrontation, then the whole series of events would have constituted a single "bit".


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