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those fabulous furless geek brothers (rendered unimportant by recent events)

THE BIG BANG THEORY is an end­lessly re­watch­able show: aside from the fab­u­lous char­ac­ters and the in­ter­twining of their per­sonal lives, the di­alog is chock-a-block full of humor of all sorts, from the zany to the kind that re­quires the viewer ei­ther have a rea­son­able IQ or ac­cess to the In­ternet to look things up. [Continue reading]

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caustic sarcasm ain’t the same thing as thoughtful irony

IN RECENT CONVERSATIONS and in reading ar­ti­cles, blogs, and com­ments on the in­ternet, I hear the word ‘sar­casm’ used in­ter­change­ably with ‘irony.’ I point out that irony ain’t the same as sar­casm, which re­quires a caustic in­tent. Since we are now at a time when everyone thinks them­selves as right as the next guy and no one likes their delu­sions chal­lenged, I don’t think I make much headway. [Continue reading]