One English woman, friendly with many Amish families, told me that she has never seen an Amish woman belittle her husband. “There might be good-natured teasing,” she said, “but never mean-spiritedness, never critical.”
Isn’t that amazing?
I can’t think of a single friend (all wonderful, loving women) who doesn’t have some fun at her husband’s expense…at least a little.
Sarcasm is such a part of our modern culture, applauded and admired, that we assume it’s high-level humor. Yet the very word “sarcasm” comes from the Greek root sarkazien–meaning to tear flesh, to gnash teeth, to speak bitterly.
How does this Amish/English comparison put humor and sarcasm, especially about spouses, in a new light for you?