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You’re so funny. Not.

by Adam Zack — June 6, 2018

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So thank you Tony for the comment from a couple years ago.


sar·casm
ˈsärˌkazəm/ 
noun
noun: sarcasm; plural noun: sarcasms
the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak.

2. When people ask me stupid questions, it is my legal obligation to give a sarcastic remark.

3. It’s okay if you don’t like me. Not everyone has good taste.

4. You look good when your eyes are closed, but you look the best when my eyes are closed.

5. I’ll try being nicer, if you try being smarter.

6. If ignorance is bliss. You must be the happiest person on this planet.

7. If it looks like I give a damn, please tell me. I don’t want to give off the wrong impression.

8. Think I am sarcastic? Watch me pretend to care!

9. I’d agree with you but then we’d both be wrong.

10. Zombies eat brains. You’re safe.

Pretty funny stuff right? A couple weeks ago my wife asked me why I didn’t say anything when she commented on one of my blogs on the DW Green website. I didn’t know. All the comments I got were replies to the email version. So I asked DW, who told me how to access them. Later he asked if I wanted to see them so I could see the nice comments my wife and mother left. Funny. Real funny. So I started looking at the comments, and there were a lot of them, going back to 2014. Who knew? I got to one from Tony Draeger (who, like everyone, probably wondered why no one ever responded to their comments) that suggested the topic of sarcasm, and how there is a differentiation between funny and mean. Sarcasm runs pretty strong in our family. And just like developing listening skills, avoiding sarcastic comments and gestures takes awareness. Because sarcasm mocks, it is the chosen verbal tool of the bully. It has no hidden compliment or teaching lesson. It’s not caring or nurturing. It’s inherently mean, and when it does what it’s designed to do, it makes someone feel bad, which usually results in the sarcas-er saying to the sarcas-ee “Soorrryyyyy. I was just joking! Jeeze, someone’s got thin skin! Take a joke!” So thank you Tony for the comment from a couple years ago. It wasn’t as nice as my wife’s or my mom’s, but damn it sure hit home and made an impact.

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4 responses to “You’re so funny. Not.”

  1. Bob LaBonne says:

    This goes back to that famous quote that my mom and I’m sure many other moms told us growing up. “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.
    I used to be a lot more sarcastic, because I tend to be a joker. Then it was pointed out to me that, it’s not always funny on the receiving end. Another of my moms famous quotes that I have shared as a important training tool for my management team is “ It doesn’t matter what I said or what I meant, it’s what they heard and how they felt”.
    That quote really hits home for most people and helps you to reflect more on the affect of what you say. Great blog! Bob

  2. Lila Fulton says:

    Thanks #1 for the lesson on sarcasm…did I spell it right!? I guess that’s why I really never understood it…..Its kinda hurtful.
    You have always been a kind and loving son to me and I think you’re pretty funny. You sure are a hard worker and deserve all the kudos for always giving 125% on what you do.

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