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Monday, May 15, 2006

Comment Type #16

THE CURMUDGEON
  • This is like deja vu all over again.
  • "I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early."
  • "If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else."
  • "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him."
  • "It ain't over til it's over!"
  • "Baseball is 90% mental -- the other half is physical."
  • "When you see a fork in the road, take it!"
Yogi Berra was a baseball player in the late 1940's until the mid 60's, a catcher for the New York Yankees. He became famous for making deceptively simple or foolish-seeming statements such as the ones above when his friend Joe Garagiola became an announcer for baseball broadcasts, especially during the World Series. Joe would share anecdotes of his baseball career and friendship with Berra, highlighting the odd and yet witty things Yogi said over the years. Yogi's statements often at first seem nonsensical or even senile, but have a charm and enduring wisdom to them that becomes more clear with thought.

There is a type of comment that shares this sort of quirky yet often deeply wise sort of pattern, the Curmudgeon.

It's the kind of thing an old, cantankerous grandfather would say, someone who has seen the world and experienced life deeply and often painfully and has no patience and little time for political correctness and social graces. This sort of post is usually very short, has limited or not grammatical or punctuation niceties, but a to-the-point boldness that most comments lack.

EXAMPLES
  • At lease the kiwis are doing something about unsafe drivers becuase they dont have dumb laws like the ADA
  • Looks like a clear case of fruad I SEE SAID THE BLINDMAN YOUR A LIAR SAID THE DUMMY AND THE CRIPPLE RUN OFF
  • Yeah with the help of FRANCE and GERMANY and the former USSR and who knows what other nations all belonging to the UN
  • Snakes dont like politicians they dont care for the competition
In many cases, as a wag on the Ace of Spades Headquarters sometimes points out, these comments have a certain poetry to them, a pattern that can be broken down into verse:

The BBC
Is no differnt
Then our own countries
Liberal left-wing journalists
All liars
-Spurwing Plover

Such a comment type is difficult to mimic or simulate, as it comes naturally from someone who is not putting on airs or trying to be funny, this is their genuine response. Like thoughts by Yogi Berra, trying to create realistic "yogisms" or a curmudgeon comment is not easy, they come naturally to some people; for the rest of us, we just don't think that way. A commenter of this type is usually a welcome addition to a blog or message board, as long as the others are wise or welcoming enough to see what kind of person this is and enjoys their unique input.

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