Tag: Irony

Ironic Expressions Become You

 

On the dangers of saying things ironically.

I noticed a funny little trend in my two years at a high school. Students would say something, as if making a mockery of it, and they’d do this regularly. Over the course of a year or so, this would become a regular pattern in their speech, this ironic pattern. Then, one day, I didn’t detect irony. They had legitimately bought into whatever little thing they were doing.

If I Were King of the Internet, I Would Mandate the Percontation Point⸮

 

Satire. Irony. Sarcasm. The written word seldom conveys these things well enough to tell them from someone’s making a serious statement or proposal. (This has even been codified and is now known as Poe’s Law.) Distinguishing serious from ironic is a very old problem, and one that was solved in about 1580. It was in that decade that Henry Denham, an English printer, came up with a solution. His idea was to have a new mark of punctuation that would distinguish when someone was not serious. That mark was the percontation point, and it looked like this: ⸮.

Thus, were I the King of the Internet, you would be mandated to use the percontation point⸮ It would probably be the only punctuation available to such publications as The Onion or The Babylon Bee. And maybe some mistakes would no longer be made:

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…from a museum back into a mosque.  At the order, obviously, of Turkey’s Islamist dictator, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The article in Monday’s Wall Street Journal was written by a professor of Islamic history at the University of Oxford. For the record, he understands why this is being done, but doesn’t like it. Preview Open

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Senator Sanders: Are You Lying or Merely a Sap?

 

In our preferred world, politics would revolve around intelligent argumentation, clever rhetoric, and appropriate deference would be given to facts. Unfortunately, we don’t live in that world. The world we live in is more dominated by popularity and personality than it is by principle.

This reality is why Bernie Sanders is still a contender to win the Democrat Presidential nomination. How has he gotten this far? By promising his followers a bribe. The opening bid? Forgiveness of all student loan debt. But that’s merely an aperitif; a foretaste of the giant enchilada Senator Bern has promised everybody in the form of free healthcare for all.

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A dear FB friend enjoins her Trump-voting friends; “Please read this first!” NY Times: Donald Trump Voters, Just Hear Me Out Thomas — may I call you Tommy, since you’ve deigned to be my buddy, if only for a little while? I, like you, detest Trump. I’d rather he not be the only realistic opponent […]

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… no, not abortion.  The real problem, of course, is the recession: A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Princeton researchers Janet Currie and Hannes Schwandt quantifies just how many fewer babies were born because of the Great Recession. Their answer: at least a half a million. Preview Open

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Try and get through this smug codswallop; it’s interesting. To wit (follow the link to compare the pictures): It’s like rain on your wedding day. It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid. It’s a strongly conservative news network blatantly copying the logo of video game in which the villain is a strongly conservative evil […]

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