Recently, I participated in a thread where suddenly a poster - for the sake of anonymity I will refer to him as "Possum" - stormed in and made this announcement:
The cowardly, double talking, double dealing French are useless as they were just before World War II.
As you can easily see from this snippet, this was a thread in the politics forum. To me, it sounded like an earnest, candid statement. I immediately felt that this was something the poster held dear to his heart, and responded in a likewise manner by posting this picture
old europe wrote:
You don't frighten us, you English pig-dog! Go and boil your bottoms, son of a silly person. I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.
Posting in the politics forum, I was sure I did strike the right note: never admit any mistakes, insult your opponent as much as possible, but leave a back door open so that you can later claim you actually meant the opposite of what you had said.
The opportunity to verify this came up quite soon. On a different thread the aforementioned poster maintained
And, I must add, Old Europe, In that discussion, it is not kosher to lose your temper as you did a few days ago with your name calling. I must say, however, that your imprecations were inventive!!!
Obviously I had been right! The friendly, diplomatic tone of my post had been recognized as such! You can certainly imagine how happy I felt, and you would probably have answered in much the same way I did:
After a bit of friendly banter, such as referring the other poster to the dictionary definition of the word "ignorance" and similar cordialities, I was sure we had finally reached a mutual understanding that is, if I may say so, not exceptional for the discussions in the politics forum.
However, I was quite taken aback when my opponent admitted, after a little while
Yes, I was ignorant of the reference you made because I do not waste my time watching Idiots like Monty Python!!!
What had I done wrong? I somebody agreed with me, it would certainly mean that I had misjudged the situation? Was I wrong in assuming that knowlegde of Monty Python is a prerequisite for disussing political issues?
I decided to come over here and ask a crowd of people who were not involved in the discussion for their opinion. Do you think that being able to quote Monty Python from memory should be a mandatory qualification for politicians, or even for simple folk like me who are merely interested in politics? Or would you rather say that watching Monty Python is indeed a waste of time?
I hope you can help me!