ObsequiousNewt, settle down, this is my mess I'll clean it up.
linguoboy wrote:ProTip: If you are unfamiliar with a particular poster's default posting style, try viewing a few of their other posts before trying to interpret one of them in isolation.
Since you mention it!, I did
in fact review Pole's post history before writing my post, and to my frustration could find nothing that indicated to me whether s/he was prone to making comments like that sarcastically or in earnest... (maybe I just didn't look hard enough). With apologies to Pole, I never pay much attention to him/her to know what s/he's like, so I had to choose whether to proceed with the "sarcasm" assumption or the "earnestness" one... and I chose wrong. Oops.
In my own defense, though, (and you may well interpret this as just me backpeddling-- I can't stop that), I wasn't intending to accuse others of not detecting my sarcasm (I think the over-the-top revolutionary rhetoric in my OP was about as obvious as these things can get). Of course I knew you all knew I was joking
; what I was more interested in, however, was the fact that the aforementioned Index Prohibitorum so suffuses the lexicon that people who were unfamiliar with the "moist" meme could believe I was referring to an actual anti-gay slur. (You yourself did as well, no?) My misreading of Pole was rightfully embarrassing for me, yes, but it doesn't really affect my point, does it?EDIT: Of course, maybe it's just a coincidence, and means nothing.
As for whether I "ought" to have known Pole was kidding: well, it's not really important (not as important as the fact that I was wrong), but I've seen people say pretty incredible things, and have seen threads locked for pretty ridiculous reasons, so it wasn't "obvious" to me that it was sarcasm, no. Maybe it was to you; maybe you just think I'm an undiscerning dullard.
Pole, the wrote:Of course I was being sarcastic. Honestly, if it were serious, I would demand much more severe punishment for using the M-word…
Good to know. And don't listen to Newt: "sarcasm markers" are barbarous things.
"It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be said, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is.' Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it."
– The Gospel of Thomas