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Re: Re^2: Grep Function

by BUU (Prior)
on Jun 12, 2002 at 01:07 UTC ( #173706=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Grep Function
in thread Grep Fuunction

a) sar·casm Pronunciation Key (särkzm) n. A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound. A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule. The use of sarcasm. See Synonyms at wit1. B) Since its obviously sarcastic, one would obviously *not* do whatever it said to do. Thus being constructive (i.e. dont grep in void context. however, lots of monks do. bad monkies)

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Re: Sarcasm and Applications Thereof
by tadman (Prior) on Jun 12, 2002 at 18:18 UTC
    Okay. Hold the phone.

    Example of "wit" using "sarcastic language", and, as smitz is helpful in pointing out, "humor":
    It is important to always assign the result of a grep or map operation to something, such as a variable or as a return value from a function. If you forget to do this, the function's output data must be piped into the netherworld, which is the only place where it can be safely destroyed. The problem with that is that the demons who work there are slow, and can only process so much data before having to take a break, so if you do this too often and make them work too hard, they will go on strike. This is the same reason UNIX users have been plagued over the years by their /dev/null filling up once in a while and not accepting any more input.
    A counter-example:
    grep in void context. It's good for you.
    Remember, sarcasm is a cultural thing, where some cultures do not have any concept of it whatsoever. That you find it "obvious" is irrelevant. Some people find Norm MacDonald funny, and some people like the music of John Tesh, but these two groups are certainly in the extreme minority.
      OT, while I agree with John Tesh, Norm MacDonald is actually fairly popular and sometimes pretty damn funny.


      "To be civilized is to deny one's nature."
Rex4: Grep Function
by Sweeper (Pilgrim) on Jun 12, 2002 at 05:44 UTC
    More often than not, written sarcasm is mistaken for a real adverse remark. Spoken sarcasm is recognized as such because your tone and your body language tell the other person this is a sarcasm. In a written sarcasm, there is no such clues. So, you should add some smiley (which is body language translated into ASCII art, after all).
    I know about that, I have been bitten by this mistake already. Hope this improve your communication skills. No hard feelings, no "--".
      Another key feature of Sarcasm is that its funny.

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