If any of you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that I am a big fan of using
strikethrough text to get a few cheap laughs. Despite the fact that most of these involve me confessing my “Stan”-like obsession love for Kim Kardashian, I still thought they went over pretty well. That was, until I read a post a few days ago by fellow blogger, AshleyJillian - where she said that “people who make jokes like this are lame”.
A million glitter ponies just burst into tears at the sound of my heart breaking. Here I thought I was being all witty and clever- and as it turns out I’m nothing but a big, fat, cliche.
I admire AshleyJillian’s opinion a lot- girlfriend is a legit comedian who actually gets on stage every night, rather than just cowering behind her computer screen.. and she usually gets it right (twins wearing matching outfits ARE lame, I agree) But my constant need for praise, and unwillingness to accept any type of criticism led me straight into the arms of my old friend google- the king of always telling you what you want to hear- so long as you use the proper string of booleans.
I think google might have had it with reassuring me (given that my last search string was something to the effect of “Does wanting to see the new Twilight movie make me a loser??”) because the first hit that came up was Cracked.com’s list of the “Top 5 Overused Jokes on the Internet”.
Fuck. There it was- #5 on the list :
Strike Throughs/Cross Outs“It is incredible to me that this comedic convention still persists. It goes a little something like this. You write down the truth that you’re hiding or the truth that you actually want to say, but can’t, and then cross it out. And just like that, comedy!”
My mind went into immediate damage control mode. OK- this is bad, I thought, but at least its not #1. What else is there?
Question of the Day: What other comedic devices are as tired as Tyra’s use of the word “fierce”?
At the very least- we all love to hate them. Personally, I can’t stand:
- LOLZ- it took me years to embrace the acronym for “laugh out loud” - now they want me to pluralize that shit? I’m gonna need some warming up on that one.
- the use of twitter hashtags OUTSIDE of twitter- #itsannoying