With Continual Reference to Justin Kahn.

Monday, April 17, 2006

So You Googled My Blog: An Easy to Plagarize Post on Irony, Overflowing W/ Facts & Other Stuff to Make You--Teachers and Students-- Talk Smartly

It has recently come to my attention, than some people think I am "strange" or "odd" or in some extreme cases "Not Usual."

While meditating on this, it occurred to me that I may play some small contributing role to this impression. Specifically, it may be some people are unable to identify when exactly I am being serious; When I am using Irony; and When I am having one of my 'episodes.'

So to make things easier on everyone, I dug deep into literary theory and came up with an interesting solution to the question, "How does an individual know when an author, such as Justin, or a speaker, such as Justin, is being Ironic?"

Alcanter de Braham in the 1800's wrote a book antipcating modern problems of understanding Irony (and so, Justin) in which he argued that a new punctuation symbol should be introduced to clarify when exactly an ironic statement is being made.

That new punctuation mark is illustrated in the above picture which comes to us courtesy of the best scanner in the world. It is just an upside down question mark, but I think it is much easier to visualize since I have a posted that picture, which is totally copyrighted by conceptofirony.

If enough people think this would be helpful to them, I will consider employing such a punctuation to build the bridge from my heart to yours. I'm all ears. B/C I really do care.

This Post Was Brought to You by My Scanner, Larry.

10 comments:

Gordo said...

I like your new use of this punction mark and find it very fitting to mark your ironies. As you know, this original punction marks a question which is a sentice that marks curiosity. What some of your readers may not know, but you and I will because we have studied such things, is the origin of this mark. The old saying goes, "Curiosity killed the cat." The cat is where this symbol came from. The cats tail is almost always in the shape of a crook like the top part of the question mark. Now your readers are asking, "Ok. What is the period? The cats asshole?" The short answer, "Yes." Her is where the irony comes in. Most cats are graceful, except for one of mine, and never off balance. So if you see a cat upside down you know something is wrong or different. By using the question mark upside down your not so informed readers will realize that something is not quite what it should be.

part-time buddha said...

does that mean the spanish are being ironic when they begin a question but by the end they have lost the irony (or the irony is lost on them?)

Curtis AKA Justin's former Manservent said...

In responce to "gordo" i suggest that Justin go deeper into his clarification of his "moods." I suggest he use the "asshole mark" for when he isn't being ironic or moody, just an asshole. Thus clarifying to the reader when they should laugh or just flat out be offended. As Justin will attest to, there is a fine line between what is humurous and what is "assholarious."

Def- "Assholarious"- Making rude comments to Justin that are funny only to the ego inside of the offenders head yet highly offensive to Justin.
- The "asshole mark" is denoted by " ((0)) "

Oberon said...

...........uh....have we been here before....or are there two ironies....that would be ironic.

whoami123 said...

.
We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Whoami


P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

Anocsanamun said...

That's how spanish people start their questions so why not.

Rumour said...

I like how the hidden metaphor is irony is nothing more then throwing rocks at the moon, when your actually doing that. Im a flake god love me.

Pamela Hollosnap said...

Jumpin' Jesus, I am always so entertained at this blog!!! Thanks for making me laugh, what a gift!

Jenn said...
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Jenn said...

Sorry, mispelling which was unacceptable.

I was just saying that it seemed to defeat the whole point if you had to flag us whenever you were being ironic.

So why bother?