I have been, lately, thinking of language that used in comedy. Comedians use language in a very special unique way that appeals to people. This unique language points out discrepancies that exist in our social cultural discourses in a fashion that opens up space for laughter, conversations and reflection.
I discovered that this language has certain characteristics, they are the following:
a) It is brief: When a story or an event is shared, it is pretty short and brief. It is straight to points; you don’t need to discover different parts of an argument, it is delivered to you right away.
b) It is imaginative: It is used to make you laugh, give you a mental ticklish, and stimulate your imagination. The problems are presented in a playful manner.
c) It is solution- oriented: It is offers alternative ways of dealing with problems and make solutions to problems more accessible. Big unshakable problems appear to be trivial and easy to solve.
d) It questions everything. It doesn’t follow any particular social norm. It expresses what is unsaid or politically incorrect .
f) It is self- deprecating. It unpacks one’s life; It doesn’t tend to protect one’s ego or oneself. It mocks himself and others without any hesitation. it invites you to become OK with vulnerability.
g) It is not outcome- oriented: It is not invested on outcome. It shares info and knowledge without insisting on any particular result. Its purpose is to pass on experiences and have fun with them.
As you see, it is a very unique language. If this language entertains us, I wonder, why it is not practiced in our daily interactions with one another. Any ideas?
Tahereh Barati, M.A, RMFT