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For the past week Irish Twitter has been dragging the nation's beloved potato-chip mascot, Mr Tayto, because the brand account published a picture of him crying over the death of a beloved broadcaster, Gay Byrne. It's a proper kerfuffle and it's been so acid and hilarious to see.
I love Irish Twitter but absolutely could not hang in Ireland, the baseline level of sarcasm is above even my highest.
My beloved correspondent and translator, the Irish Friend, very profoundly noted that in Ireland there are only two modes: Warmth and Malice. There is no crossover, so they don't really seem to have what we have in the US, a sort of friendly sarcasm or affectionate dragging.
There is something called "giving out," which is a sort of ritual practice of taking mild and funny offense. But what we would call a "read" here -- the usual directness common in friendships -- would be seen as a declaration of enmity there.
Feel free to correct me, I am merely a student of different cultures and I have no plans to go to Ireland anyway where a softie like me would surely be eaten alive within minutes
It would be like the 1,001 nights, I'd be the American Scheherazade telling stories about America just to stay on the right side of the craic
I have not been ratioed on this by Irish Twitter, amazingly, and I'd like to hasten the inevitable. What say you @gavinsblog @Tupp_Ed @roemcdermott @Fergal @faduda @LindaOkaythen (please don't kick me out of Irish Twitter, Linda just made me a citizen yesterday)
Irish Friend appears very eager for my Twitter doom. (At his own hands, mind you). Is this Malice then? I shall have to revise everything I know.
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