May. 15th, 2013

eclectic_boy: (Zeno)
I think the world is in desperate need of a Mrs.-Malaprop-like character whose distinguishing feature is that she always misreads the intentions of written internet communications, thinking them much more antagonistic or sarcastic than the writer intended, and responding in kind, exacerbating the situation.
Then we'd be able to tell people who we see actually behaving that way, "Oh, don't be such a Mr. Lunderwort" and they might re-evaluate their behavior.

By any chance, is there already such an incarnation, that I just haven't heard about?


(this is crossposted from FB, where I got a response that Emily Litella is essentially this character -- except I don't think she suggests the same thing, since she suffered from a hearing problem, not an interpretation/persecution problem)

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