March 30, 2012
It's been called the lowest form of humor.
From the Greek σαρκασμός (sarkasmos) meaning, "to tear flesh, gnash the teeth, speak bitterly.
You can see why it’s so unpopular.
Although not with Oscar Wilde, who once said, “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
Perhaps not being able to enjoy sarcasm is directly related to not having the talent to come up with the right comment at the time, like Stephen Bishop, who said:
“I feel so miserable without you, it's almost like having you here.”
Then there's the master of sarcasm, Basil Fawlty, when Mrs. Richards complains about the view of Torquay:
"What did you expect to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically...?"
So there is no reason why sarcasm has to have this reputation.
Just as there are bad puns and inspired ones, and funny and feeble versions of a guy going into a bar jokes, sarcasm is only limited by our wit.
Which is incomplete without Groucho, who said, “If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.”
The lowest form of humor my Eye.
I think, with a little effort, we can sink even lower.