Saturday, April 08, 2006

Sarcasm

People think humor is a difficult art. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. It isn’t. Not if you know the tricks to it.

People also think I’m funny. I’ll let you in on another little secret. George Bush is a pedophile.

There are many kinds of humor. There’s standup, there’s slapstick, there’s punning, there’s cheesy and the list goes on endlessly. All of them fall into two categories - those that are actually funny and those that are easy to pull off. These two categories are mutually exclusive. Hence a style of humor that is funny requires a fair deal of skill and one that doesn’t require much skill would probably fetch you more boos than guffaws

For example, punning usually draws a great deal of appreciation if done well. However, coming up with puns of a good quality is an art of extreme difficulty. Cheesy humor on the other hand is both produced and appreciated solely by people with single figure IQ’s.

However, there is one exception to this rule. Sarcasm.

Sarcasm is my favorite style of humor and I’ll show you why. Firstly, coming with a sarcastic repartee is as easy as pie. How hard can it get? All you have to do is say the opposite of what you mean!

For example, I meet a male friend wearing a frilly, pink shirt. I say, “Whoa! Nice shirt, mate! You look like a real lumberjack in that!” You mean, “Aohw! (the opposite of “Whoa”) Horrid shirt, Ma’am! You look as gay as Elton John liplocking with his boyfriend after a session of figure skating!” (Yes, I think figure skaters are gay. Sue me.)

Notice I have taken what I actually thought about the situation, and flipped everything around. That’s not very hard to do. Even you could do it. (A slight caveat here - I know of a guy who took this advice of “flipping everything around before doing it” a little too seriously. He couldn’t impregnate his wife for the longest time, and I think I know why!)

The next important point is that sarcasm is funny. Okay, maybe not to the person at the receiving end of it, but definitely to all others present. Master the art of sarcasm and you can be sure to rise up the popularity charts.

The final reason why I like sarcasm is because it pisses people off. A well made sarcastic jibe at a person can cause as much damage as a truckload of choicy expletives. (Of course, combining the both of them is a potent mixture best left to the experts.)

However, nothing in this world is ever all good. (Except Alicia Silverstone, but we’ll leave that aside for now.) Sarcasm itself has one major drawback. After a point, people stop believing you at all. Even when you’re telling the truth. I ought to know. That’s what my life is like right now!

27 comments:

Freaky Chakra said...

sarcasm if not backed by a witty mind, is actually painfully pathetic :)

_ð!®†ß¤¥ said...

How about the people on the receiving end taking your sarcasm straight in the face, like a bonehead, or acting like one, and turning the tables?? Leaves you shame-faced, doesn't it??

And everyone know about Bush.. that aint no secret!

SwitchBlade said...

Dont you feel that humour loses its essence when its being taken apart and viwed under a microscope? Because if you actually sit to think about, and study each and every sarcastic or cheesy comment, nothing will ever be funny to you, regardless of what your IQ may be.

Arnold said...

freaky chakra - yeah, i guess so...

facesmasher - yea, happns to me sometimes.. not the greatest feeling in the world..

switchblade - dude, i might have to "take apart" your comment to figure out wht it means.. *rolls eyes*

BTW, I WANT THE BLOODY HAIR GEL!

Varun said...

Dude have you heard the new chilli peppers song??????? Its freakin amazing man!! Ive listened to it like 10 times in a row already

Arnold said...

varun - which new RHCP song, dude?? cud we have a name please?

Agarwaen Mormegil said...

In the contrary, many people find sarcasm difficult to exercise. However, sarcsm may not be the ultimate yardstick for good humor.
btw, Ididn't know that male figure skaters are gay. lol dude.
But excess sarcsam is never good. Everthing has it's limits.

Arnold said...

aragorn (and whomever else this may concern) - this post was supposed to be a "standup" clippet.. that centered around the fact tht sarcasm is basically just saying the opposite of the truth... but since i hadnt posted for a while i elongated it into a postable length.. which i now regret... i'll try to come up with something good soon..!

there... i've apologized!

Varun said...

Dude its from the new CD coming out in May - Stadium Arcadium. The song is called Dani Calirfornia, seems like the chilli peppers have come across Dani's antics too. It is a really good song, I'll send it to you thru msn if you want

Arnold said...

varun - no.. i've nvr heard of it.. send thru msn..

Agarwaen Mormegil said...

alright, alright. Do a new post. You don't need to apologize.

Anna said...

The final reason why I like sarcasm is because it pisses people off. A well made sarcastic jibe at a person can cause as much damage as a truckload of choicy expletives.

No wonder you like sarcasm.
Arnold - the friendly piss-you-off-er!!!!
lol...

Arnold said...

aragorn - yea, dude.. am trying to come up with something.. but i've got my ass in the shit right now in college .. might take a couple of days..


anna - who says i'm a "friendly" pisser-offer?? hmmm?

Anna said...

ya.. my bad..
you're definitely not "friendly"..
I meant something on the lines of "the friendly neighbourhood superheroe"...

Anna said...

shit..
*superhero

Arnold said...

anna - yeah.. *tht* i am! :) just starting to get sick of it though... coming home every night feeling like i've been running into a wall all day... and never being thanked for it.. us superheroes have feelings too u know.. ! i think i might just hang up them ol' superhero boots... i dont want this responsibility any more!!

Anna said...

*ahem ahem...
My bad.. again!

//I meant something on the lines of "the friendly neighbourhood superheroe"...//
Should have been followed by..
..Hence.. you're the friendly neighbourhood piss-you-off-er ...

Anna said...

damn!
*superhero

Arnold said...

anna - so how can the "friendly neighborhood piss-you-off-er" not be "friendly"??

Anna said...

ok. so maybe you are friendly.
But just friendly enough to piss one off later ???

Arnold said...

anna - do u mean like the "set up before the put down"?

KT said...

no wonder you get 21 comments on posts. some people should start using IM. its better. :)

Anna said...

@arnold - Eggjactly..

@kt - uhm.. actually.. we were IM-ing during the whole exchange of comments thing that you noticed above...
lol..

nina said...

ok that it...u and anna have compeltely lost it!!!.....n sacr is a funny onyl when delivered promptly...not ages later!!!....

Arnold said...

KT, anna, nina - lol! :D

MaK-D said...

here is a quote for you
"sarcasm is the lowest form of wit"

Arnold said...

mak-d - oh! are you sure? i always thought tht was "up yours!"