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Sarcasm Useful For Detecting Dementia

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the yeah-that'll-work dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Sarcasm may be the lowest form of wit, but Australian scientists are using it to diagnose dementia, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of New South Wales, found that patients under the age of 65 suffering from frontotemporal dementia (FTD), the second most common form of dementia, cannot detect when someone is being sarcastic."

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This will end badly... (5, Funny)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121431)

Studies also found that old people who do not have dementia are likely to whack you with their canes for sassing them.

Doctor: "Oh, yeaaaa, you're normal"
Patient: "Why you little whippernapper! *WHACK* *WHACK*"
Doctor: "No! Ow! No! It was a medical test!
Patient: "I lived through 15 wars and 5 depressions, and I'm not going to let some damn young quack backtalk me in the name of science!" *WHACK* *WHACK*

Humorless bastards (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26121829)

Studies also found that old people who do not have dementia are likely to whack you with their canes for sassing them.

Doctor: "Oh, yeaaaa, you're normal" Patient: "Why you little whippernapper! *WHACK* *WHACK*" Doctor: "No! Ow! No! It was a medical test! Patient: "I lived through 15 wars and 5 depressions, and I'm not going to let some damn young quack backtalk me in the name of science!" *WHACK* *WHACK*

People really eat this shit up, don't they? Not a god damned thing was funny about this, but it still got the mandatory +5 Funny like too many other lame unoriginal jokes.

Re:Humorless bastards (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26121989)

We're you sarcastic? It was soooo funnnnny!

Re:Humorless bastards (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26122015)

People really eat this shit up, don't they? Not a god damned thing was funny about this, but it still got the mandatory +5 Funny like too many other lame unoriginal jokes.

Jesus Christ! Did your dog die or something?

Re:This will end badly... (4, Interesting)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121889)

Actually, I wonder if this is exactly why the behavior of being a smart-ass has evolved in children. We need some way for young people to be able to know if an elder is mentally competent enough. If someone with dementia can't detect sarcasm, it stands to reason that by being a smart-ass, you can tell if they're still capable of making leadership decisions. If they are, then they'll smack you, if not, you put them out on an ice floe.

Re:This will end badly... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26121945)

And I thought I was just an ass, turns out I'm a dementia detecting savant.

Re:This will end badly... (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122119)

Fascinating point.

We need some way for young people to be able to know if an elder is mentally competent enough.

I'd suggest that sarcasm would be one of the tools youngsters would use to gauge leadership mettle, as opposed to the only one.

Re:This will end badly... (0, Offtopic)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122269)

Fascinating point.

If you're intrigued by his ideas, I'm sure you can find a subscribe button on his slashdot journal ;)

Your official guide to the Jigaboo presidency (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26121437)

Congratulations on your purchase of a brand new nigger! If handled properly, your apeman will give years of valuable, if reluctant, service.

INSTALLING YOUR NIGGER.
You should install your nigger differently according to whether you have purchased the field or house model. Field niggers work best in a serial configuration, i.e. chained together. Chain your nigger to another nigger immediately after unpacking it, and don't even think about taking that chain off, ever. Many niggers start singing as soon as you put a chain on them. This habit can usually be thrashed out of them if nipped in the bud. House niggers work best as standalone units, but should be hobbled or hamstrung to prevent attempts at escape. At this stage, your nigger can also be given a name. Most owners use the same names over and over, since niggers become confused by too much data. Rufus, Rastus, Remus, Toby, Carslisle, Carlton, Hey-You!-Yes-you!, Yeller, Blackstar, and Sambo are all effective names for your new buck nigger. If your nigger is a ho, it should be called Latrelle, L'Tanya, or Jemima. Some owners call their nigger hoes Latrine for a joke. Pearl, Blossom, and Ivory are also righteous names for nigger hoes. These names go straight over your nigger's head, by the way.

CONFIGURING YOUR NIGGER
Owing to a design error, your nigger comes equipped with a tongue and vocal chords. Most niggers can master only a few basic human phrases with this apparatus - "muh dick" being the most popular. However, others make barking, yelping, yapping noises and appear to be in some pain, so you should probably call a vet and have him remove your nigger's tongue. Once de-tongued your nigger will be a lot happier - at least, you won't hear it complaining anywhere near as much. Niggers have nothing interesting to say, anyway. Many owners also castrate their niggers for health reasons (yours, mine, and that of women, not the nigger's). This is strongly recommended, and frankly, it's a mystery why this is not done on the boat

HOUSING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger can be accommodated in cages with stout iron bars. Make sure, however, that the bars are wide enough to push pieces of nigger food through. The rule of thumb is, four niggers per square yard of cage. So a fifteen foot by thirty foot nigger cage can accommodate two hundred niggers. You can site a nigger cage anywhere, even on soft ground. Don't worry about your nigger fashioning makeshift shovels out of odd pieces of wood and digging an escape tunnel under the bars of the cage. Niggers never invented the shovel before and they're not about to now. In any case, your nigger is certainly too lazy to attempt escape. As long as the free food holds out, your nigger is living better than it did in Africa, so it will stay put. Buck niggers and hoe niggers can be safely accommodated in the same cage, as bucks never attempt sex with black hoes.

FEEDING YOUR NIGGER.
Your Nigger likes fried chicken, corn bread, and watermelon. You should therefore give it none of these things because its lazy ass almost certainly doesn't deserve it. Instead, feed it on porridge with salt, and creek water. Your nigger will supplement its diet with whatever it finds in the fields, other niggers, etc. Experienced nigger owners sometimes push watermelon slices through the bars of the nigger cage at the end of the day as a treat, but only if all niggers have worked well and nothing has been stolen that day. Mike of the Old Ranch Plantation reports that this last one is a killer, since all niggers steal something almost every single day of their lives. He reports he doesn't have to spend much on free watermelon for his niggers as a result. You should never allow your nigger meal breaks while at work, since if it stops work for more than ten minutes it will need to be retrained. You would be surprised how long it takes to teach a nigger to pick cotton. You really would. Coffee beans? Don't ask. You have no idea.

MAKING YOUR NIGGER WORK.
Niggers are very, very averse to work of any kind. The nigger's most prominent anatomical feature, after all, its oversized buttocks, which have evolved to make it more comfortable for your nigger to sit around all day doing nothing for its entire life. Niggers are often good runners, too, to enable them to sprint quickly in the opposite direction if they see work heading their way. The solution to this is to *dupe* your nigger into working. After installation, encourage it towards the cotton field with blows of a wooden club, fence post, baseball bat, etc., and then tell it that all that cotton belongs to a white man, who won't be back until tomorrow. Your nigger will then frantically compete with the other field niggers to steal as much of that cotton as it can before the white man returns. At the end of the day, return your nigger to its cage and laugh at its stupidity, then repeat the same trick every day indefinitely. Your nigger comes equipped with the standard nigger IQ of 75 and a memory to match, so it will forget this trick overnight. Niggers can start work at around 5am. You should then return to bed and come back at around 10am. Your niggers can then work through until around 10pm or whenever the light fades.

ENTERTAINING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger enjoys play, like most animals, so you should play with it regularly. A happy smiling nigger works best. Games niggers enjoy include: 1) A good thrashing: every few days, take your nigger's pants down, hang it up by its heels, and have some of your other niggers thrash it with a club or whip. Your nigger will signal its intense enjoyment by shrieking and sobbing. 2) Lynch the nigger: niggers are cheap and there are millions more where yours came from. So every now and then, push the boat out a bit and lynch a nigger.

Lynchings are best done with a rope over the branch of a tree, and niggers just love to be lynched. It makes them feel special. Make your other niggers watch. They'll be so grateful, they'll work harder for a day or two (and then you can lynch another one). 3) Nigger dragging: Tie your nigger by one wrist to the tow bar on the back of suitable vehicle, then drive away at approximately 50mph. Your nigger's shrieks of enjoyment will be heard for miles. It will shriek until it falls apart. To prolong the fun for the nigger, do *NOT* drag him by his feet, as his head comes off too soon. This is painless for the nigger, but spoils the fun. Always wear a seatbelt and never exceed the speed limit. 4) Playing on the PNL: a variation on (2), except you can lynch your nigger out in the fields, thus saving work time. Niggers enjoy this game best if the PNL is operated by a man in a tall white hood. 5) Hunt the nigger: a variation of Hunt the Slipper, but played outdoors, with Dobermans. WARNING: do not let your Dobermans bite a nigger, as they are highly toxic.

DISPOSAL OF DEAD NIGGERS.
Niggers die on average at around 40, which some might say is 40 years too late, but there you go. Most people prefer their niggers dead, in fact. When yours dies, report the license number of the car that did the drive-by shooting of your nigger. The police will collect the nigger and dispose of it for you.

COMMON PROBLEMS WITH NIGGERS - MY NIGGER IS VERY AGGRESIVE
Have it put down, for god's sake. Who needs an uppity nigger? What are we, short of niggers or something?

MY NIGGER KEEPS RAPING WHITE WOMEN
They all do this. Shorten your nigger's chain so it can't reach any white women, and arm heavily any white women who might go near it.

WILL MY NIGGER ATTACK ME?
Not unless it outnumbers you 20 to 1, and even then, it's not likely. If niggers successfully overthrew their owners, they'd have to sort out their own food. This is probably why nigger uprisings were nonexistent (until some fool gave them rights).

MY NIGGER BITCHES ABOUT ITS "RIGHTS" AND "RACISM".
Yeah, well, it would. Tell it to shut the fuck up.

MY NIGGER'S HIDE IS A FUNNY COLOR. - WHAT IS THE CORRECT SHADE FOR A NIGGER?
A nigger's skin is actually more or less transparent. That brown color you can see is the shit your nigger is full of. This is why some models of nigger are sold as "The Shitskin".

MY NIGGER ACTS LIKE A NIGGER, BUT IS WHITE.
What you have there is a "wigger". Rough crowd. WOW!

IS THAT LIKE AN ALBINO? ARE THEY RARE?
They're as common as dog shit and about as valuable. In fact, one of them was President between 1992 and 2000. Put your wigger in a cage with a few hundred genuine niggers and you'll soon find it stops acting like a nigger. However, leave it in the cage and let the niggers dispose of it. The best thing for any wigger is a dose of TNB.

MY NIGGER SMELLS REALLY BAD
And you were expecting what?

SHOULD I STORE MY DEAD NIGGER?
When you came in here, did you see a sign that said "Dead nigger storage"? .That's because there ain't no goddamn sign.

Sarcasm mark (4, Interesting)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121443)

I found this bit from the Wikipedia to be interesting:

In certain Ethiopic languages, sarcasm is indicated with a sarcasm mark, a character that looks like a backwards question mark at the end of a sentence, similar to Alcanter de Brahm's proposed irony mark ().

So did the fledgeling movement of Slashdotters who proposed using the tilde ~ as the sarcasm mark beat them to it?

Re:Sarcasm mark (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26121513)

~yeah, ~as ~if ~that ~would ~work().

Re:Sarcasm mark (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121699)

For the sarcastically challenged:

This --> () was actually an upside-down question mark encased in parenthesis(which weren't part of the symbol) and it didn't translate from copy and paste. The proposed use of the tilde would follow a line like the [/sarcasm] tag.

I see what you did there, smartass :) ~

Re:Sarcasm mark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26122001)

Smartass~ = dumbhead?

Wouldn't
I see what you did there :)~, smartass
Or
I see what you did there :), smarthead~

Be more appropriate?

Re:Sarcasm mark (1)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122341)

~yeah, ~as ~if ~that ~would ~work

Given that Mentor Graphic's Design Capture schematic utility (at least) uses tilde to indicate NOT (so that a bar appears over the letters indicated), your use here seems quite appropriate to me. Tildes before a letter only invert that letter, though; to do the entire word it must be at the end.

Re:Sarcasm mark (5, Funny)

BigJClark (1226554) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121657)


Sarcasm has no place on the internet. period.

Re:Sarcasm mark (5, Funny)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121907)

As an octogenarian who has seen the negative effects of censorship across various media over many decades, I find your desire to absolutely deny peoples' right to express themselves in a particular way to be not only naive, but also -- oooh, look at the bird feeder, that hummingbird is back!!

Re:Sarcasm mark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26122115)

Yea, like you really understand the difference between sarcasm and irony.

Re:Sarcasm mark (5, Funny)

drspliff (652992) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122239)

Unfortunately it can also be a problem in real-life, generally when I'm being sarcastic I sound and act exactly as if I wasn't, combine this with my quirky personalty and it gets interesting.

(while in a job interview)
Interviewer: so what kind of hobbies do you have, apart from coding?
Me: Well, rock climbing, some music production, necrophelia and subtle dark humor.

I wanted to convey that he's just trying to make small-talk to cover up the fact that he's already decided they weren't going to employ me, instead his face twitched for a second and his mouth opened and you could see his brain clicking away trying to digest what I'd just said.

Um yah, getting back ontopic you can be sarcastic on the internet if people know you well, we all understand subtle humour & emotions while reading what other people write, but for complete strangers that's pretty much impossible.

Re:Sarcasm mark (3, Informative)

Andr T. (1006215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121683)

I have a friend who said once that you can give sexual meaning to any statement as long as you end it with "if you know what I mean". Something like:

Now I will recompile my kernel, if you know what I mean.

Maybe people could use a sentence like that to imply sarcasm... maybe 'Obviously'.

...if you know what I mean.

Re:Sarcasm mark (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26122041)

I have a friend who said once that you can give sexual meaning to any statement as long as you end it with "if you know what I mean".

Ironically, the same results can be achieved by ending statements with 'would you have sex with me.'

Re:Sarcasm mark (1)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121849)

The tilde is a good choice in English; in logic the tilde is a common symbol for negation [wikipedia.org], and since sarcasm is basically negation, that makes sense.

Likewise the upside down question mark (whose proper name is "signo de apertura de interrogacion invertido" which, yes, means "Upside down question mark" in Spanish) would be a poor choice in Spanish, since it's already used to indicate the beginning of a question.

Basically, what I'm getting at is that the mark will just end up being another idiom to confuse people, and is unlikely to ever replace good old [sarcasm] tags.

Well Slashdot is so AWESOME (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26122075)

You know what, we could use the actual damn mark if only Slashdot supported UTF-8, but that's really TOO MUCH to ask of them, do you have ANY IDEA how hard it is to use UTF-8 in Perl? Oh but there's gotta be an explanation, probably "security", because we all know that when "security" is the reason given for something, it's always so valid, just like when they take your shampoo at the airport, right?

Obligatory (3, Funny)

PinkyDead (862370) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121445)

<sarcasm>Really?</sarcasm>

Ooo.. nice. (4, Funny)

onion2k (203094) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121465)

What a great idea.

If you're wondering if you've got dementia, and you thought this comment was sarcastic, then you have because it wasn't.

If you're not wondering if you've got dementia, then you have too because it totally was sarcastic.

Or maybe it's me who has dementia. I don't know if I'm being sarcastic. Oh dear.

Does this mean the Internet is a dementia sim? (4, Insightful)

istartedi (132515) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121483)

Since sarcasm is notoriously difficult to convey online, does this mean the Internet is a dementia simulator? Actually, that would explain a lot of things...

Re:Does this mean the Internet is a dementia sim? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26121563)

It's not difficult to convey online. You're just having dementia.

Re:Does this mean the Internet is a dementia sim? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26121823)

Off-topic: Shouldn't your sig read "For all intents and purposes"?

Re:Does this mean the Internet is a dementia sim? (2, Informative)

chubs730 (1095151) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122373)

No, he only wants it to apply in high stress situations.

Oblig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26121493)

Yeah, Right.

If TFA is right... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26121543)

Empathy issues ...
They find it difficult to interact with people, they don't pick up on social cues, they lack empathy [and] they make bad judgements," he said.

Oh, fsck, and there I was hoping it was only my lack of social skills.. I better prepare for my demented future.

Astonishing implication (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26121557)

Apparently everyone I know has dementia.

Kids in The Hall (1)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121565)

No, seriously, I really do have this medical problem that really does make me have to sound like I'm being sarcastic all the time. I really mean what I'm saying. I'm really not trying to sound like this.

Or something like that. I gotta youtube that later.

In other, related news... (1)

loganljb (1424009) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121575)

Australian scientists have determined that a disproportionate percentage of Anonymous Cowards suffer from dementia.

Got Dementia? (1)

senorpoco (1396603) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121591)

Does that mean 97% of Americans have dementia?

Re:Got Dementia? (1)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121951)

New research suggests that the highest functions of our brains handle the lowest form of wit.
The research has found that the ability to understand sarcasm depends on a carefully orchestrated sequence of complex cognitive skills in specific parts of the brain.
Sarcasm is related to our ability to understand other people's mental state and is not just a linguistic form, it is related to social cognition.
The research revealed that areas of the brain that decipher sarcasm and irony also process language, recognise emotions and help us understand social cues.
So an underdeveloped sarcasm-detector could also be a function of American education and culture, not just normal dementia~;-).

Re:Got Dementia? (1)

guruevi (827432) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122139)

Dementia is a condition where the brain function degrades until it's not functioning anymore. Having a non-functional brain to start with is another condition. In literature this is often referred to as zombie-ism.

You know how to really screw with people then? (1)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121617)

Practice being sarcastic in a way that sounds a lot like how you normally talk. When you do it more with body language and word choice than tone of voice, it's amazing how many people will fail to pick up on it.

Re:You know how to really screw with people then? (1)

Sparton (1358159) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121779)

Unfortunately, I already do that. Without trying.

At all.

This is not sarcastic.

Sarcasm is a Scourge (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121717)

I am tired of people trying to appear insightful by
stating an obvious irony in a sneering and sometimes exaggerated way,
but this research will be of immediate use to all of humanity.

So I say God's speed to those brave Australian scientists and their noble cause.
The world salutes you!

Re:Sarcasm is a Scourge (2, Funny)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121853)

I am tired of people trying to appear insightful by stating an obvious irony in a sneering and sometimes exaggerated way

I bet you're fun at parties.

I know younger people (1, Interesting)

Landshark17 (807664) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121725)

Who can't detect sarcasm either. One of my friends can't pick up sarcasm in the least.

One of our favorite pastimes is going over to his dorm and saying all the sarcastic things we can think of and watching him freak out. Good god, it's like shooting fish in a barrel.

Sarcasm Lowest Form? (1, Informative)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121819)

Whoever said that sarcasm was the lowest form of wit never lived with my former room-mate. He could hardly ever get a sentence out without some word play mixed in. It was constant pun-ishment.

A good idea for early detection of mental illness (5, Interesting)

grumpygrodyguy (603716) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121897)

"Sarcasm may be the lowest form of wit, but Australian scientists are using it to diagnose dementia, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of New South Wales, found that patients under the age of 65 suffering from frontotemporal dementia (FTD), the second most common form of dementia, cannot detect when someone is being sarcastic."

I have suffered from Paranoid Schizophrenia since the age of 15. I'm 33 now, and I can say from my own personal experience that this is very true.

One of the many reasons I have trouble 'fitting in', especially at social gatherings, is my inability to detect sarcasm. It can be terrifying when someone says something that could be interpreted 'literally' as demeaning or cruel but is only 'joking around' etc.

I'm better now than I was, but usually only after getting to know a person well. Surprisingly however, even people I've known for 5+ years can still be sarcastic occasionally and it will go right over my head. They know about my illness however, and on occasions like those do me the favor of pointing out they were just being sarcastic, which helps.

I think the approach in the article could be a great diagnostic tool for early detection of these types of mental illness...I suffered from schizophrenia without knowing I had it for almost 10 years. My life fell to pieces; that and my family and friends (the few I had left) finally convinced me I had a problem. I was the last to know I had schizophrenia...and it has been very very difficult coming to terms with it.

Maybe if it was detected earlier I could have been treated earlier, and the damage to my life and my state of mind might have been mitigated considerably. I don't know.

Re:A good idea for early detection of mental illne (-1, Troll)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122185)

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you

That was uncalled for... (1)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122371)

GP> those do me the favor of pointing out they were just being sarcastic

Parent is just being sarcastic. I think you've heard what parent said plenty of times, and hopefully you've learned that it's a joke.

But if not, just to avoid you worrying: they're not out to get you. Parent is sarcastic.

[My conscience said someone had to say it. You can all move along now]

In related news... (5, Funny)

yorgo (595005) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121903)

...parody is being used to detect Alzheimer's disease, and satire to detect lupus.

Ignoring Sarcasm Useful For Ending It (1)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121937)

Can you detect when people are purposefully ignoring it? The quickest way to get people to stop being sarcastic is to take them literally.

Speak as a Masshole (2, Interesting)

raddan (519638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26121975)

with a great love of sacrasm, I've noticed that there is a definite geographical component to it. For example, while traveling in the South, I discovered that my use of sarcasm was frequently either taken at face value, or misinterpreted as me just being an asshole. For instance, saying something like "nice weather today" (when it clearly is not) is an icebreaker that works across socioeconomic lines in a place like MA. However, [in my experience] in the South, uttering something so baldly wrong often earns you the you-are-an-idiot look. So while this test may be useful in cultures that actually use/value sarcasm, I think it may be less useful in ones that do not.

Re:Speak as a Masshole (1)

theredshoes (1308621) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122159)

I am not trying to be mean or confrontation to Slashdot people, but honestly if dementia is related to sarcasm then people on this site are in trouble, at least with the dementia patients. Dementia is actually a very sad degenerative disease, where of course cognition is jumbled, making it difficult to even know what year it is, much less if someone is toying with you. People love to be witty on the internet though, and I think this site actually does a good job in general because there are a lot of people on here with well thought out responses which makes this site interesting to read. Well at least so far. :)

Re:Speak as a Masshole (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122189)

Actually, it just means the test must be administered by a local. It needs to be calibrated for the local sensibilities and responses judged likewise. Someone from the area could probably use the test to good effect, and have the same experience with abject failure when visiting MA.

Re:Speak as a Masshole (4, Interesting)

LunaticTippy (872397) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122209)

You probably would get the exact same look if you said something not sarcastic with a MA accent.

I found that after a few days in the south I started talking with a drawl. Strangers became much friendlier to me.

Re:Speak as a Masshole (1)

RemoWilliams84 (1348761) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122247)

I think maybe you are generalizing the South by a single, or perhaps very limited experience. I live in the South and have heard and said that exact expression many times and it was never taken the wrong way.

Oh really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26122013)

Oh really?

This is a relief.... (1)

TheBunnyGirl.com (1299691) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122125)

At least I know now that my parents aren't showing any early signs.... and if using sarcasm is a good indicator that someone is not at immediate risk, then my mother should never have to worry.

This test has to be relative... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26122145)

Some people just can't detect sarcasm (and they largely overlap with people with slow wits). Children are also known to fail to understand sarcasm until they hit a certain level of intellectual maturity.

In order for this test to work, you'd have to be checked regularly.

Detecting sarcasm is not easy (1)

technienerd (1121385) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122151)

I can never claim I'm a master of sarcasm. I tend to accept things at face value unless someone says something that's completely out of character or nonsense. I can't help it that's just the way I am. Over time as I learn a person's personality I tend to anticipate sarcastic remarks. It takes me a while to pick up on tone of voice, and body language associated with sarcasm because each person's presentation is unique. Frankly I don't know how most people read sarcasm. I'm not demented and I tend to think of myself as being reasonably smart, so I tend to believe mastering sarcasm is not universal human trait so measuring dementia based on lack of perception of sarcasm cannot be that accurate. I will say that my inability to read sarcasm, among other things, causes many of my friends and colleagues to claim that I seem to have Asperger's syndrome but I haven't been diagnosed with it by a physician.

My poor family (1)

PapaSmurph (249554) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122173)

My whole family must be suffering from frontotemporal dementia. They had to stoop to the level of giving me a sarcasm sign so they would know I'm being sarcastic.

And what about Dr Sheldon Cooper, PhD? I thought he was a genius, not demented.

  I always knew they were a little nuts

Why so? (1)

Haralampi (1198303) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122205)

"Sarcasm may be the lowest form of wit..." - why so? Just because sarcasm is viewed as offensive in the Western society doesn't mean it is the lowest form of wit.

if you doubt your sanity (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#26122313)

you are most probably sane

if you are certain of your sanity, you very well coudl be insane

sarcasm is an outward expression of doubting that which is said with certainty

and so in the end the act of doubting yourself is the only grasp any of us have on our sanity

long live sarcasm

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