I had this buddy in high school, we had some classes together and ended up working at the same restaurant as cooks. He and I were always bantering back and forth. We would test each other for trivial facts and tease each other over certain subjects. It was all light hearted and fun.
I don't know if it is just me, the fact that I am older and lived thru so much, the company I work for, or a sign of the times.
Witty banter seems to have gone away in the era of sexual harrassment, diversity and the idea that how you mean something doesn't matter. It is someones interpretation of what you say that seems to hold all the clout