Help award the next sarcastic wiener
February 27, 1:45 pm

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 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
Function: noun
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
Date: 1550
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
From: mark-ahrens

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.