Facetious says…it’s just a joke!

Posted on Monday 27 April 2009

My blog from last week, “Facetious says…”, has stirred some to laughter and tears, still others were bored to tears, and then there are some who just took it way too personally. Whatever your response, as the title suggests and the word “facetious” should have explained, it was all in fun.

Sometimes I might be guilty of taking things too lightly, and at other times, when issues have gotten too heavy, I just try to shed some humor on the situation and lighten the load a bit. “Facetious says…” was one such attempt at lightening the load. Some may have mistaken it to be truth, when all I intended was for it to be taken “tongue-in-cheek.”

So let’s start with the basics.

1. The word “facetious”, according to Webster’s, is defined as “treating issues with deliberately inappropriate humor” or “flippant”.

2. “Facetious” doesn’t say, “Dickens County is getting a new courthouse” or “Dickens County commissioners are considering building a new courthouse.”

3. Never take yourself too seriously, or things too literally, especially if you are a newspaper publisher or an elected official.

4. If you’re going to be in the public eye, learn to laugh at yourself and/or others.

The ones who got the humor behind the blog outweighed the number of those who took it seriously. And I welcomed and enjoyed all phone calls and comments, but remember what “facetious” says, “It’s just a joke, dammit!”

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