Mightier Than The Pen

Making The World A Bitter Place

Deconstructing Thag

with 8 comments

Opening statement intended to beguile, confuse or pique interest. Amplification of opening thought, with additional attempt at wit or wordplay.

Development of theme introduced in the first paragraph. Provision of specific examples from everyday life, most notably in terms of parenthood, with causal reference to literature or pop culture (long-winded parenthetical digression intended solely to wring every last bit of humor from said reference). Expression of annoyance, replete with outrageous metaphors or similes, especially those associated with relationships, animals, food or physiology.

Further digression to explore secondary themes (parenthetical autobiographical remark to ground the reader in reality and demonstrate that perhaps the whole essay is meant tongue-in-cheek). Self-deprecating remark about hygiene and/or diet.

Recollection of humorous episode from recent weeks or months, or perhaps from childhood. Analogy to current circumstances, with dry commentary on political developments. Feigned ignorance of important or everyday facts.

Resigned acceptance of position at odds with original thesis , with a joke to tie back to the first part of the post and to soften the blow to the ego required by the attitude adjustment.


Written by Thag

September 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm

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  1. Witty comment intended to convey the fact that the post has been read and appreciated but not taken in any form of seriousness whatsoever. Optional second sentence containing colloquialism or exclamation of encouragement to blog author.


    September 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm

  2. Further self-deprecation by post author in grateful acknowledgment of attention. Subtle expression of willingness to modify post to suit sensibilities of comment submitter, with bitter overtones of frustration from the fact the the blog has yet to cause outpourings of critical acclaim and financial success.

    Apology for subjecting audience to such an undignified display of raw emotion.


    September 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    • Surprise at blog author’s willingness, by offering to modify his art, to engage in acts tantamount to self-destruction.

      Pleading exhortation to blog author not to commit serious act with deadly self-inflicted consequences for said blog author.

      Offer to help author get medical or psychological help.


      September 13, 2010 at 3:41 pm

  3. Puzzlement at comment submitter’s misconstruing offer to edit as offer to off self. Painstaking, condescending explanation of difference between the two. Questioning commenter’s parentage. Quick reversal upon realizing implications for author’s own lineage. Apology.

    Further apology to remaining readership.


    September 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    • Surprise at blog author’s apparent ignorance of how to use the “Reply” feature of his own blog’s commenting system. Reference to how said Reply feature would help clarify the thread of a discussion obvious to the readers to whom the blog author so often – and unnecessarily, given their dearth of numbers – apologizes.


      September 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm

  4. Gleeful seizing upon commenter’s own grammatical or spelling error, as if that somehow undermines commenter’s argument. Further seeking after areas of commenter’s life to disparage, in desperate, yet vain, attempt to save face.


    September 13, 2010 at 4:24 pm

  5. shameless plug of commenter’s own website. pathetic attempt to somehow connect website with post content.


    September 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm

  6. Raising of moribund comment thread from the dead to make a marginally relevant point, the relevance of which has long since passed.


    July 25, 2011 at 10:01 am

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