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The Limitations of Sarcasm

The limitations of sarcasm are unfortunately many. When you’re sarcastic and people take you seriously it can create a seriously uncomfortable situation. For example, one time my friend was coming to stay at my house and she innocently asked me if I had a washing machine in my house. “No”, I replied with a complimentary eye-roll that she couldn’t appreciate because the conversation was over the phone. I went on with my day and she went on with her packing. What does she mean “do you have a washing machine?”, obviously I do! I don’t think that I actually know anybody who doesn’t, so I didn’t think much of the conversation.

She comes to my house a couple days later and blows my mind right out of its packaging. She walks in and immediately looks around, surveying her surroundings. She inhales an indignant breath of air before incredulously yelling “you do have a washing machine and dryer!”. I look at her and blink. She blinks back. I nod my head slowly. “Yes. Of course, we have a washing machine and dryer”.  She throws her head back in frustration and, dragging her ridiculously heavy suitcase, let’s me know that she brought extra clothes because she thought she wasn’t going to be able to do any washing while she was here. I immediately burst out laughing and can’t stop for about five minutes. She wasn’t impressed. She had brought extra hoodies and coats, all things that take up a lot of space as well as weight in her case. But it taught her a good lesson – don’t trust your friends. And I think just for this the whole ordeal, sarcasm included, was worth it.

The next day at work I told my colleague this story and we had a good laugh at her expense. Anyway, this was just an example of when sarcasm can hit you in the face. But actually, it made quite a good story so really is that bad after all? I don’t think so. Other times when sarcasm can be negative is if you’re talking to your boss and you roll your eyes with a sarcastic comment. That might not go down so well. But you can give it a try and let me know how it goes for you. you might have more luck than I had with my last job – who am I to judge your sarcasm skills or your bosses’ sense of humor?

There’s nothing stopping you from intentionally offending people with your sarcasm. It’s a gift and a curse. You can pretend to be sarcastic when you’re really trying to make a point. Or just use it as a witty retort. It’s not a limitation until you make it a limitation. And those are famous words to live by. The same goes for your sarcasm. If you want it to offend it can be a great weapon. Just don’t let it hit you in the face on the way out. if you know what I mean.

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