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JusJoJan#31: Facetious, Sarcastic, or Just Plain Silly with a Confession by Steve Martin


Today is the last day of Just Jot it January. I think I participated in all but a couple of days which is good for me. Thank you to our host Linda Hill for originating and organizing this annual event and thank you to Susan for today’s prompt: facetious.

Looking up the prompt, because I knew it meant funny, but wasn’t quite sure how, I found this definition:

“treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.”

Sometimes we need to be facetious so as to not take ourselves and the world too seriously. Humor is important. But we also have to be careful which serious issues we’re being facetious about.

I prefer facetious to sarcastic. Sarcasm often seems dishonest and confusing to me. Makes me wonder if I’m on some kind of a spectrum. Anyway, as I’ve mentioned before, my favorite kind of humor is silly, like Steve Martin. I remember watching him make this difficult confession on Johnny Carson in 1978. πŸ˜‰

For more facetious jottings and a link to Susan’s blog, click HERE.

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

17 thoughts on “JusJoJan#31: Facetious, Sarcastic, or Just Plain Silly with a Confession by Steve Martin

  1. I adore Steve Martin. Thanks for the laughs.

  2. Good for you in getting through almost every JusJoJan post assignment! As for “facetious,” the honest humor of Richard Pryor rushes to mind, closely followed by that of Flip Wilson and perhaps Redd Foxx. πŸ™‚ I could not stand the sarcasm of a George Carlin and still can’t, and make no apologies for it!

  3. Burt Reynolds was on that show, and he said he had to go. He left and came back, saying “Can I stay, too?” I remember watching this one..

  4. I like Steve Martin too. I grew up with Johnny Carson. He was a real treasure.

  5. That was great, JoAnna. Good job with this monthlong prompt. I love the way it gets me thinking and writing.

  6. My husband and I use this word as a joke between us because the first time I asked him β€œare you being facetious?” He didn’t know what it meant and then he had used the word entirely facetiously ever since he looked it up 😁

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