It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword. It has also been said that sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me. While there may be some truth to these childhood phrases the harsh reality is that always being right is not always how to win friends and influence people. Also it has been pointed out to us that some people get offended and hurt by being corrected and in this day and age of thin skinned and political correctness we are sometimes at the wrong end of a wagging finger. By and by though it has also been said to never bring a knife to a gun fight.
The smoking gun is our smoking tongues that sometimes may not be building bridges but burning them down. Sarcasm and pointing out the obvious inaccuracies and misinformation some spew is kind of an unofficial pastime of ours. We know this is not polite public behavior but when the stupid are sharing misinformation like its gospel we sometimes cannot help ourselves. We do not try to be the accuracy police but when you know the information being spewed is rubbish it sometimes gets the better of us. It only gets worse when they then argue with the first gently delivered corrections. Look sometimes it’s not just wine related but simply ignorance related.
To those we have corrected, to some of you we apologize. Ok ok, (wives looking over shoulders) we apologize to everyone even if we were right. Sorry, we apologize to everyone even if some of you deserved it... well you get the picture!
So we try to be kind but sometimes there is an elephant in the room and it needs to be called out.
So what are some of the things that start this poor behavior? You know you are snarky when...
One question that often comes up when we meet people at wine events is 'Did you guys know each other before you moved to California?' The standard snarky response is 'You do know there is an ocean between the countries don't you?'
An example of some snark - One of our favorites...
It seems like many people, including many 'wine experts', have a tendency to Frenchify the word "Meritage" by pronouncing its last syllable with a "zh" sound, as in "garage," the Meritage Alliance specifically states that the word should be pronounced to rhyme with "heritage." A correction that we just cannot seem to let slide. Often ends with a google search on the smart phone and sharing.
We have been overheard saying at some wine events that small town USA food and wine festival should often be called the Small town USA street food or wine.
When growing up one of our teachers (one of us does not wish to be identified) made the comment 'would you allow me to be right once and a while'