Controversy erupted today at the ITS No Help Desk over a potential sarcastic wiener to be awarded to Frank Broz. In the interests of creating a fair debate (and a moderate spectacle), I decided to let you, internet viewer, decide whether this sarcastic wiener should be awarded. What follows are the two emails I received, in the order they arrived, along with a definition of "sarcasm", courtesy of m-w.com. As always, feel free to think out loud before you vote with the help of the Comments feature below. The polls are open from now until sometime tomorrow. And no ballot-box stuffing either, you-know-who-you-are.
Main Entry: sarcasm
Etymology: French or Late Latin; French sarcasme, from Late Latin sarcasmos, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer
1 : a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain
2 a : a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual b : the use or language of sarcasm
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 13:00:25 -0600
Subject: NOT A SARCASTIC WEINER
The weiner, nominated by robert, for frank making a comment about "zamboni-ing an ice book" is not sarcastic but just a silly play on words.
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 13:02:03 -0600 (CST)
From: Robert Thompson
Subject: sarcastic wiener
we've been giving mark crap about calling a powerbook at "tibook" and likened it to calling an ibook an "ice book"
1 wiener nomination for frank for saying that "I should get out the zamboni to polish a scratch out of my ice book"
Mark will dissent on this saying it's not sarcastic, but Frank and I both agree that it is. We will leave it to you to decide.