Saturday, May 05, 2007

The pragmatics of praise

These people are just freakin' brilliant: Report: 70 Percent Of All Praise Sarcastic. Of course, I'm only in it for that one passing reference to "linguistic researchers." Truth be told, there's a reasonable discourse analysis dissertation in this topic — one that would be waaaaay too much fun to research.

If praise is accompanied by eye-rolling or starts with the word 'ooooh', it's probably sarcastic. But is ooooh really a word? That aside, Onion, this is the best reporting on pragmatics ever done on pragmatics.

In a recent comment, "Monica" asked why the horoscopes in the Onion had gone downhill so badly of late. I think they're just putting their energies into the video news.


Anonymous said...

Love it! What's better is when recipients don't pick up on the irony, could be a (meta)pragmatic black hole or something of the like. Irony and humor is best shared by both speaker and listener alike. :)

Mr. Verb said...

Yeah, this is basically A guide to when people are mocking you or something.