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Sock and Buskin 🎭

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They say that the meaning of communication is the response you get. The most frequent response I get to the humour that I post is 😫😂

I find this response strange, as I'm not entirely sure what is truly meant by it. Does that emoji combination mean that my humour is so bad, that it's good, does it mean stop it, I like it, or does it really mean stop with a conciliatory smiley face, meant in a way so I don't take the distraught face emoji too personally…?

Whatever is meant by these emoji is personal to the typist who sends them. Therefore, in the absence of a meaningful explanation, it follows that it's for the recipient to decide for themselves what is meant by the emoji.

I have decided to now regard this emoji combination to be something of an encouragement, a show of the sphere in which my humour is regarded - that of the theatre.

The theatre is often represented by two, familiar, iconic masks; one laughing and the other crying - also known as Sock and Buskin. The characters which the masks depict are Thalia and Melpomene. Thalia is one of the nine Muses in Greek mythology, the patron of Comedy, represented with the laughing mask. Melpomene is also one of the nine Muses, the patron of Tragedy, represented with the crying mask. Their faces define the two types of drama that have existed since the origin of theatre: comedy and tragedy.

When I see people comment upon my humour with 😫😂 (Note: it's always the pained grimace face first) I shall no longer be mystified by it - people are telling me that my humour is art and needs to be seen on the stage, they're imploring me for me and are waiting for my encore!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! *bows deeply and reverently*

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