Bernard Tyers wrote:
>> On Tue, 12 Jun 2001, kevin lyda wrote:
>> > sigh. it's not real. mail their sales department and ask. sadly some
> > people get confused. for instance, liam has some pictures of his bonsai
> > kitten that he was working on before i let him know it was a joke.
> > i guess it's just that most europeans don't understand the more subtle
> > forms of humor like irony and sarcasm that are second nature to most
> > americans...
> i disagree with that one.
> Americans (any I have had the pleasure of meeting) don't really understand
Hmm, I think kev was being sarcastic there.
sarchasm (n): the gulf between the person being sarcastic and the person who doesn't get it.
As a very sweeping generalisation, I've found that most yanks don't get sarcasm or irony - well, in
california anyway. An example is that Alanis Morisette song "ironic" - none of those things are
ironic, just dumb (I know she's from canadia, but it's close enough). Any time I was sarky with
anyone I worked with over there it either went straight over their heads or they took it at face
value. It made taking the piss out of them like clubbing a baby seal - so easy that it takes the fun
out of it.
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