I have been told that despite my blog’s subtitle (at the time of this posting: “Sarcasm served up daily”) I am not, in fact, sarcastic.
In the email, the writer (who may identify himself if he chooses) pondered whether I’m ironic, sardonic, caustic, or sarcastic. He said sometimes I’m ironic or sardonic, but I seldom rise to the level of true sarcasm.
He speculates that Americans have no understanding of true sarcasm. He may be correct.
My self-image has at its heart an idea of myself as a cynic. I grew up in New York, had a highly-developed sense of misanthropy, and communicated mainly in sarcastic remarks by the time I was about…oh, nine? I don’t remember.
Maybe I’ve grown out of that now? I can’t tell. I still think of myself as sarcastic, but sometimes our self-image remains rooted while the reality has drifted sideways. My first weblog entries were kind of sarcastic, if I remember correctly, and I changed my “unclassified” category to “sarcasm.”
It’s also possible that I remain as sarcastic as ever, only I don’t put it into type as often. Maybe like all rude people, I save the worst for my nearest and dearest.
Here’s the problem: if my subtitle is “Sarcasm served up daily,” and yet I’m neither sarcastic nor posting daily (as this week, where I’ve been sick and only posted a few times) can I really keep that as my subtitle? I’m sure Madison Avenue would say “Irony that borders on the sardonic served up a few times a week” doesn’t have that snappy ring to it, though.
What do you guys think? Sarcastic or not? Change the subtitle or not?