Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Ask Amelia: Sarcastically Subtweeting Schoolgirls


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What’s the difference between sarcasm and irony? — @Schultzenfreude

Dear Schultzie:

While related, they are quite distinct from each other. Merriam-Webster defines sarcasm as “the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny.” An example: Let’s elect Bernie Sanders because he understands economics so well.

Irony, on the other hand is defined as “a situation that is strange or funny because things happen in a way that seems to be the opposite of what you expected.” An example: Barack Obama was given a Nobel Peace Prize because of what they assumed he would do in the future and, on his watch, the US bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital (another Nobel Peace Prize winner).

Dear Amelia:

Is it wrong that I giggled like a schoolgirl during the last debate as Jeb! got slapped and Kasich fall flat?


Dear Coastie:

I’m not sure who this Kasich person is, so I can only answer the Jeb! part of your question. It is right, nay, it is good that you laughed while he made a completely fool of himself during the recent crapshow of a debate. He got some terrible advice and he took it. He deserves all of the schoolgirl giggles we have to give.


Dear Amelia:

What, exactly, is a subtweet?


Dear Bears Fan:

A subtweet is when somebody on Twitter acts like a teenaged girl in a snit, and tweets something that is clearly meant for certain people, but doesn’t tag that person. It’s similar to “vaguebooking,” when people post similarly on Facebook. Examples include “funny that someone like you would tweet about morals,” or “not surprised that you got stabbed in the back.” On Facebook, it’s usually more like “When somebody betrays you, don’t give them a second chance.”

Essentially, they are ways to seek attention. They’re ridiculous, juvenile, and should always be ignored.

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  1. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    Believe it or not, subtweeting is even done by certain thoughtless parties on Ricochet. (Please ignore this comment if it wasn’t meant for you.)

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    • October 30, 2015, at 3:47 PM PDT
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  2. jmelvin Member

    Very nice reply on that Kacich chap, whoever he may be!

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    • November 5, 2015, at 12:24 PM PST
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