Polite laughter

Occasionally somebody you’re talking to won’t hear what you said but can tell that you’re probably trying to be funny, so while they’re asking you to repeat yourself, they miscalculate and begin politely laughing at your tedious little quip. They’ll be chuckling away like you’re a great comedian while simultaneously asking, “What was that? Hahaha, you’re funny even though I didn’t hear you.” Sometimes I like to call these people out, these people and their web of counterfeit delight. I’ll say, “What was it exactly about my inaudible declaration that amused you? At least try to conceal your chicanery, you worthless fraud.” But they just stand there with a mouth-breathing grin on their face and say, incapable of understanding a single word I say.

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