do americans know what sarcasm is?

@jb78000 (15164)
September 25, 2009 6:50am CST
kind of a xenophobic atart there i'm afraid. but do you ever ever get offended when your country gete criticised
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
25 Sep 09
Hi jb, couldn't care in the least, I don't live there anymore, and lets face it theres plenty to criticise. Let me know if you want the list
@jb78000 (15164)
26 Sep 09
it's alright. i would guess that i know it off by heart
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
26 Sep 09
First on the list would of course be the money sucking royals.
@jb78000 (15164)
26 Sep 09
waste of tax payers money that lot are. by all means keep the inbred lot of them (i'm sure foreigners find the fact that they are still there, wittering about the place, hilarious). but a} tax them heavily. the new bill i'm passing through when i get elected is 'unearned wealth - pay up or pay some time in the tower') and b) find a purpose for them - perhaps volunteer work or something
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
25 Sep 09
no, not at all. although it does sometimes makes me laugh when some foreigner tries to explain what he saw of my country, in his own ignorant way. there was another who considered India to be still a land of snake-charmers, maharajahs, voodoo practices. and was surprised to see that we have electricity and light bulbs..
@jb78000 (15164)
26 Sep 09
see what i said above about stupid comments.
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
26 Sep 09
i do see. but then these do not offend me but make me laugh...
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
25 Sep 09
Nope. We are nevverrrr sarcastic. ;-) Am I offended when my country is criticized? It depends on my mood. It depends on who is doing the criticizing and it depends on WHAT they are criticizing, I supposed. On a personal level, I sometimes have a hard time with criticizm, but I also know that nobody and nothing is perfect, so chances are that there we always be criticism. It is up to us to figure out how best to react to that criticism (hopefully in a productive manner). Sarcasm can be fun and it can be hurtful. It's something that we should use cautiously.
@JodiLynn (1417)
• United States
25 Sep 09
ML summed it up pretty good for me too, except for the "should be used cautiously" part... I'm very sarcastic. My therapists said it was a sub conscious defense mechanism. My brother calls me "Verbal Vhiplash"... he encourages me, so I blame him
@jb78000 (15164)
26 Sep 09
everybody is here jodi. ml i suppose if somebody comes out with a stupid comment about my country based on flimsy ideas and clearly has no idea what they are on about then i might get slightly annoyed/or have a good laugh. however there is plenty to criticise and i have no objection to outsiders doing this.
• Australia
26 Sep 09
They understand it immediately - NOT. They don't generally appear to have much of of grasp on irony either, and subtle humour whistles past a lot of ears. That said, there are some here in MyLot who DO in fact grasp all those things, and you know who they are, they're probably all on your Friends list. By the way, sarcasm is not necessarily criticism, or is it? Perhaps it is, now I come to think of it, but my initial reaction was to see your OP as having two separate parts. Lash
@jb78000 (15164)
26 Sep 09
yep two bits to it. the rather rude original question and the follow up one about being criticised
@tdemex (3545)
• United States
25 Sep 09
We invented Sarcasm! Had to do something to lighten on the dry British humor! No I don't get offended! I moved to another country to watch the USA go broke from a far! tdemex
@jb78000 (15164)
26 Sep 09
don't you lot use a special tone of voice when being sarcastic? obviously if someone here did that they'd look like an 8 year old trying to be sarcastic. unsurprisingly i have unintentionally offended lots of americans
@dawnald (84070)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Oct 09
Know what it is? I invented sarcasm? Well not really, but I do practice it. Just ask my kids. They're getting pretty good at it too. Naw, I don't get offended when my country gets criticized as long as I believe there's a basis for the criticism.