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September 14, 2006 » 4:36 pm

On Sarcasm and Irony

While we were waiting for the OSIS session to start this past Monday at the Identity Open Space, Owen Davis told us about a study he had read claiming that only 20 percent of people understand irony. Upon hearing this, Joaquin Miller shared this great joke:    (L69)

A linguistics professor was teaching his class, and he explained that in some languages (like English), a double negative is a positive. “I am not unhappy with your work.” In other languages (like Russian), a double negative expresses stronger negativity. However, claimed the professor, there are no languages where a double positive is a negative.    (L6A)

“Yeah, sure,” responded one student.    (L6B)

You had to be there.    (L6C)

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