Chibipriest wrote:Wow, that's incredibly defensive. I wasn't mocking - if I was mocking I could have said much worse things than asking a legitimate question.
Chibipriest wrote:I suggest that he/she rework his/her tone to suit the New York Times.
As I’ve observed sarcasm in social interactions, I’ve noted that those who use it tend to underestimate its negative effects because they assume that what they say is humorous instead of hurtful. People who use sarcasm often think their targets are too sensitive or naïve when feelings get hurt. “She just can’t take a joke,” they say. In more disturbing cases, sarcasm communicates contempt for others and gives people the “dishonest opportunity to wound without looking like they’re wounding.” If someone feels hurt by such sarcasm, the one who made the verbal jab will often respond with something like, “I was only teasing! Lighten up.”
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