On 15 January 2014 23:55, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:

> On 15 Jan 2014, at 10:39, LizR wrote:
>
> On 15 January 2014 21:49, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:
>>
>> On 15 Jan 2014, at 02:59, Edgar L. Owen wrote:
>>
>> Liz,
>>
>> Are you describing YOUR inability to understand MY satirical comment
>> perchance? I even included a smiley to indicate that which you didn't...
>>
>> Lighten up and smile!
>> :-)
>>
>> You cannot insult someone and ask him or her to smile.
>>
>
> It's a technique of the bully. Make fun of someone, then ask them why they
> aren't laughing.
>
> I agree, it is a bullying technic.
> But in the case of Edgar, I don't think he is purposefully bullying.
> He just seem unaware of what it means to confront his ideas with others.
>

I hope you're right.

> However I *was* smiling, actually, after reading that, because Edgar's
> heavy-handed attempt at retaliatory humour, together with the way he
> clearly doesn't understand what satire is, were in fact laughable.
> (But I didn't laugh too much, because I was at work at the time :)
>
> Yeah, ... but it is also a bit sad.
>
> Yes, I think so too.

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