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Home > Blog > Who Says We Can't Be Snarky?
Out of Our Minds
Friday, July 08, 2005 3:08 PM
Who Says We Can't Be Snarky?
Kevin Salwen on Humor

We have been accused of being, well, too nice here at Worthwhile. With that spirit in mind, and with thanks to our friend Cynthia Gentry for providing these, here's a list of some marvelous put-downs for those times when you're in an ornery mood:

'He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.'
Winston Churchill

'A modest little person, with much to be modest about.'
Winston Churchill

'I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great
pleasure.'
Clarence Darrow



'He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the\ndictionary.'\nWilliam Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)\n\n'Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?'\nErnest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)\n\n'Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time\nreading it.'\nMoses Hadas\n\n'He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.'\nSamuel Johnson\n\n'He had delusions of adequacy.'\nWalter Kerr\n\n'He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I\nknow.'\nAbraham Lincoln\n\n'I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.' \nGroucho Marx\n\n'He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by\ndiligent hard work, he overcame them.'\nJames Reston (about Richard Nixon)\n\n'I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved\nof it.'\nMark Twain\n\n'His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.'\nMae West\n\n'I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play, bring a\nfriend... if you have one.'\nGeorge Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill\n\n'Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is\none.'\nWinston Churchill, in reply\n\n'Interpreter! Interpreter! How do you say the opposite of Vive La\nFrance?'\nWinston Churchill, on Charles de Gaulle\n


2 comments

Binky Melnik - 7/17/2005 1:30:23 AM
'Snarky' was around as a word loooong before blogs came into being. I'm kinda snarkish. (Check my URL out.)
Troy Worman - 7/11/2005 3:03:16 PM
I am curious. Who popularized 'snark' or 'snarky' for blogosphere use? I searched Wikipedia, but found only the following definition.

Snark refers to a pejorative style of speech or writing. It could loosely be described as irritable or 'snidely derisive'; hence, 'snarkish', 'snarky', 'to snark at somebody'.

At the risk of sounding prudish, I find Worthwhile's clean, positive, less-than-snarky tone refreshing. I hope that this is but an isolated lapse in judgment.

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