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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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Good news about sarcasm ;) - it increases creativity

XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭

"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: 8,666 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: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Lynne, as you are genuinely British you can't overcome it. ;)
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,124 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: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge, indeed, the famous British understatement. :) :) :)
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,124 mod
    If you hear a Brit quantify anything as 'a bit' or 'quite' @Xanthippe, this should immediately put you on your guard.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge, yes, @Lynne has warned me too. :)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge, well, I do know that my English is quite good, right? ;)

  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,124 mod
    Your English is excellent @Xanthippe, not just 'quite' or 'fairly' good! :)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @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: 24,124 mod
    Now you're telling porky pies @Xanthippe.
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