From Webster-Merriman I learnt:
- So what do I use when I write something? Good question. Only satire when pointing a finger at myself, that's for sure! The challenge on one of the zentangle (doodle) blogs was to move out of one's comfort zone. I got a stinging comment from one gentleman who accused me of being sarcastic, when in fact I had merely satirised my own comfort-zone dilemma. There's a narrow, sometimes invisible line between sarcasm and satire. But one difference stands out a mile - people are not sarcastic about themselves, but can take a satirical look at their own follies and shortcomings - which is what I had done on my blog.
- After due consideration, I deleted the comment and my response to it because both were entirely unnecessary. And you have to admit that the drawing top right is pretty awful, so when someone wrote that it was beautiful, I was equally floored. Was that sarcasm???
- No. I don't think it was. Most people indulging in zentangle and related drawing forms are sincere. You even get little prayers done up in patterns on some of them. It rather amazes me how religion is brought in, but I suppose if their philosophy is so inclined, it's part of the art.
- You see, now I'm waxing satirical again. Actually, the right word for this might be irony. Let's look it up:
- I'm spoilt for choice, but I think sardonic fits the bill quite well. I'm guilty of 1. and 2. on occasion.