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Sunday, January 07, 2007


There are a lot of things that don't have names, for some reason. Nameless yet familiar phenomena. An example can be found at “joe's” comment to Digby's Hullabaloo in the matter of a terribly unfunny video by Atlas Shrugs: “it wasn't even not funny, it was uncomfortably not funny in the way you feel badly for people who are bombing.”

What do you call that? It's well described here, but why is there no simple term for “uncomfortably not funny” or for the discomfort it causes? Probably the best thing would be to find some reasonably well-known person who embodies the concept and ... go from there ...



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