Mudcat Café message #2588281 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #118593   Message #2588281
Posted By: Spleen Cringe
13-Mar-09 - 04:46 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Gallows Humour-laughing at death/disease
Subject: RE: Folklore: Gallows Humor-laughing at death/dise
Listen to Mick, people. He's summed it up beautifully.

Is it me or is there a couple of contingents who are stubbornly displaying an obtuse refusal to 'get' what this thread is about? Firstly, the contingent who think its about having a pop at St Jade and think that's a good thing (and in the process revealing more about their own snobbery than about anything else). Secondly there is a sizeable contingent who are under the illusion that the OP has declared open season on St Jade in particular, and by inference, all people who have cancer and now all people who suffer from any illness or disability.

Is it not abundantly clear that the thread is about neither of these things but instead an examination of the human impulse to make jokes in the face of sorrow and calamity? As someone working in health and social care, I can tell you that its the mordant humour that gets us through the working day half the time: if we couldn't laugh at life's horrors we probably couldn't do the job.

I tell you, it's emotional correctness gone mad round here sometimes!

Is now the time to note that there is some corner of some foreign field that is forever East Angular?...