Writing prompt: Three pet peeves
- I dislike it when people use weary (adj.–feeling or showing tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion or lack of sleep.) when they mean wary (adj.–feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems). It’s kind of poetic, in a way, but it wearies me.
- I dislike it when people spell cue (n.–a thing said or done that serves as a signal to an actor or other performer to enter or to begin their speech or performance.; v.– to give a cue to or for) as queue (n.–a line or sequence of people or vehicles awaiting their turn to be attended to or to proceed.; v.–to take one’s place in a queue).
3. People who complain about “p.c. culture” or the “inability of others to take a joke (when its offensive)”. For the first, it’s literally complaining about not being able to be rude and being called on shit, that’s all. Just, Waaaah, I said something impolite/ mean/ bigoted, and instead of putting their head down and taking it, someone objected! Waaaah, waaaaah. On the second, I’ve noticed comedians and self-styled jokesters complaining about the inability of others to “take a joke,” generally speaking, when the material is “punching down,” so to speak. Attempting to use “edgy” jokes that draw on sexist/ racist stereotypes, or go for the “ooooooh,” factor with a rape or murder or suicide joke or insult. Jabs at poverty, mental health, disability, sexuality, trans* issues, that sort of thing–and not in a, “haha, weird subculture anecdote jokes” way, which totally exists, or in the self-deprecating but relating to larger audience way, which is fine, but in the mocking, mean, sort of, “Haha, you suck,” way that’s always accompanied with the sort of sneering undertone of, “What, can’t you take a joke?” The jokes are the equivalent of airplane food jokes. They’re weak and predictable and stupid. They aren’t edgy. They’re insulting for the sake of being insulting, literally picking on disadvantaged or minority populations for a cheap laugh, and they aren’t even imaginative. They aren’t funny or clever, and it always baffles me when someone cracks one of these and then is surprised by the response of offense and follows it by, “What can’t you take a joke?” Yeah, sure. Can’t you tell one?