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For years, Brits have stereotypically defined their sense of humor against that of people in the U.S. by smugly stating that Americans don’t ‘get’ irony.
This is bull.
If saying what you do not mean for comic effect—whether for the purposes of sarcasm, mockery, ridicule, scorn, sneering or scoffing—was incomprehensible in America, how do you explain Chandler Bing in Friends? Or the wise-cracking movie comedies of Billy Wilder? Or gangsters in movies sitting around in their finery, breaking each other’s balls? Or, y’know, comedy?
Make no mistake, while the Brits possibly see sarcasm as more of an honorable pastime than Americans do, it’s by no means absent from American life. And if sarcasm truly is the lowest form of wit, it’s still pretty good compared to no wit at all.
So, here’s a quiz to put this assumption to the test. It’s a really, really good quiz. Not just entertaining, but profoundly moving too.
It is, in fact, the finest quiz on the entire internet:
Note: no psychology has been used in the creation of this quiz.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic