Turn it Down!

An English professor once instructed us to be very careful when writing sarcasm. His caution had to do with running the risk of written sarcasm being too subtle or clever such that the reader may not get what you are really trying to say.
I remember years ago my Mom telling how she had gone to a party and had encountered someone who had just read that J. Edgar Hoover did not exist and could not believe it.  My Mom tried to explain to this lady the it wasn’t true to which the lady responded, “Oh yes it is. I read it in today’s paper.”  The lady had read a column by Art Buchwald joking that J. Edgar was not a real person click here.  
I thought of all this when I saw the following bulletin board note.  Well written, but I wonder if  the “intended” got the message?

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Turn it Down!

An English professor once instructed us to be very careful when writing sarcasm. His caution had to do with running the risk of written sarcasm being too subtle or clever such that the reader may not get what you are really trying to say.
I remember years ago my Mom telling how she had gone to a party and had encountered someone who had just read that J. Edgar Hoover did not exist and could not believe it.  My Mom tried to explain to this lady the it wasn’t true to which the lady responded, “Oh yes it is. I read it in today’s paper.”  The lady had read a column by Art Buchwald joking that J. Edgar was not a real person click here.  
I thought of all this when I saw the following bulletin board note.  Well written, but I wonder if  the “intended” got the message?

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Turn it Down!

An English professor once instructed us to be very careful when writing sarcasm. His caution had to do with running the risk of written sarcasm being too subtle or clever such that the reader may not get what you are really trying to say.
I remember years ago my Mom telling how she had gone to a party and had encountered someone who had just read that J. Edgar Hoover did not exist and could not believe it.  My Mom tried to explain to this lady the it wasn’t true to which the lady responded, “Oh yes it is. I read it in today’s paper.”  The lady had read a column by Art Buchwald joking that J. Edgar was not a real person click here.  
I thought of all this when I saw the following bulletin board note.  Well written, but I wonder if  the “intended” got the message?

Leave a Reply

Turn it Down!

An English professor once instructed us to be very careful when writing sarcasm. His caution had to do with running the risk of written sarcasm being too subtle or clever such that the reader may not get what you are really trying to say.
I remember years ago my Mom telling how she had gone to a party and had encountered someone who had just read that J. Edgar Hoover did not exist and could not believe it.  My Mom tried to explain to this lady the it wasn’t true to which the lady responded, “Oh yes it is. I read it in today’s paper.”  The lady had read a column by Art Buchwald joking that J. Edgar was not a real person click here.  
I thought of all this when I saw the following bulletin board note.  Well written, but I wonder if  the “intended” got the message?

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