There you are, innocently having a conversation with someone, when they say something ridiculous. Now, me…I say ridiculous things all the time, so it’s not the ridiculousness that I object to, per se. It’s the cop-out, “I’m just joking! Can’t you take a joke?” that comes after you show a bit of confusion over the ridiculousness. Just because I’m not laughing doesn’t mean I can’t take a joke. And just because it was ridiculous does not mean it was joke. Also, the joke, if at someone else’s expense, has to not be based on a falsehood.
Now that we’ve cleared up what I will and will not laugh at, do you think the non-jokes will stop?