I can’t help it! Nearly everything I say in person is sarcastic. It’s my native language. My sisters and I joke about my dad’s sense of humor. He was the KING of groaner jokes. In fact, it’s entirely possible the phrase “dad joke” came from someone hearing my dad tell a joke. As funny as he was, though, he was even more sarcastic. He taught us well!
I once had a bumper sticker that said, “Tact is for people who aren’t witty enough to be sarcastic.” I searched and searched to replace it when I sold that car. Then, after finding it, I decided not to put it on my new car. I might need to find that sticker. It’s one of the few sayings that I still agree with.
I’ve lost a few (almost) friends over my sarcasm. Some people don’t quite get it … or maybe I deliver it in such a way that is undetectable. Either way, those friends are gone. The ones who stayed not only get that much of what I say isn’t serious, but they laugh. Those are my people!
For nearly a year, I have blogged about things that bring me joy. Once or twice, the joy was a little tongue-in-cheek, but somehow I’ve managed to keep sarcasm out of the daily blogs. Even this blog ABOUT sarcasm doesn’t really include any. That’s because sarcasm is one of those things that is nearly impossible to put into writing. For this reason, those of us who are committed to being sarcastic should band together and DEMAND a sarcasm font. Imagine how fun it would be to see your comment in print and know it will be interpreted the way you intended.
In lieu of the font, I will continue to try to write the words I mean (trust me on this, it is a daily challenge). I am very grateful for sarcasm and especially the people who “get” it. It brings me joy and often a laugh. It’s one of the constants in my life that makes me happy!
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Stay home and avoid it if you can. (see what I mean?)
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