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What is one to say about June? The time of perfect young summer, the fulfilment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.

Gertrude Jekyll
A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon;
A swarm of bees in July
Is not worth a fly.
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Good news about sarcasm ;) - it increases creativity

XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,723 ✭✭✭✭✭

"So Britain's wider sarky community – larger proportionately than in many other irony-free cultures such as America, Germany or North Korea, say – will be as gratified as I am that some academics (and when did they get anything wrong?) have determined that sarcasm is a higher form of wit delivered by those enjoying a higher form of intelligence, and can help dullards improve their intellectual capacities – which might also suggest that sarcasm is also associated with a higher form of arrogance."



  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,179 mod
    edited May 2016
    Ha ha! Maybe I should start being sarcastic again. (I made a conscious effort to stop after I started teaching, and getting active on the net, as many people don't get it, or can't take it.)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,723 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Lynne, as you are genuinely British you can't overcome it. ;)
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 25,692 mod
    I take care to avoid sarcasm unless I'm talking to a Brit as I find most people from other countries don't understand it and take it too much at face value @Xanthippe.

    Fawlty Towers never ceases to entertain, however many times I've seen all twelve episodes. Basil and his wife compete for the sarciest comments that are priceless.

  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,723 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge, indeed, the famous British understatement. :) :) :)
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 25,692 mod
    If you hear a Brit quantify anything as 'a bit' or 'quite' @Xanthippe, this should immediately put you on your guard.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,723 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge, yes, @Lynne has warned me too. :)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,723 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge, well, I do know that my English is quite good, right? ;)

  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 25,692 mod
    Your English is excellent @Xanthippe, not just 'quite' or 'fairly' good! :)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,723 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge, but I meant 'terribly bad'. Ha ha ha ha.

    Anyway I will be careful about 'quite', 'a bit', etc. :) :) :D
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 25,692 mod
    Now you're telling porky pies @Xanthippe.
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