How do you tell when you run out of invisible ink?
At what age do you tell a highway it was adopted?
“This is Phil Halloran, in the only department that counts.” – voicemail from a college math professor
Humor is a break in logic. We use it to bond, to flirt, to put people down, to entertain, to break uncomfortable moments, to cope with tragedy, to boost health, to earn a living, to sell things.
Life without humor would be, well humorless. That doesn’t mean humor is an excuse to throw out passive aggressive insults veiled as a joke.
Growing up in New England sarcasm is a way of life. Even though I grew up here, it took me a long time to get used to the biting taunts we use to poke fun, express affection, and insult. Are “yo’ mama” jokes funny when they are really about your mama or are they just mean? As with everything there’s intent and there’s impact. There’s a delicate dance to the balance of playfulness and pain created by a sharp tongue. Look at your intentions, look at the impact, if you can’t do the dance then don’t.
A pig wearing lipstick is still a pig; insults disguised as humor are still insults.